This Week in History

This Week in History 23rd to 29th March

We continue our weekly blog posts with events which took place this week in history. This week was an eventful week for Irish Law, in Hollywood and literature, to name just a few. There is a mix of interesting and entertaining facts most of which have been reported by Irish newspapers.

On the 23rd of March

It is now 4 years since we said our last good-bye to one of Hollywood’s legends, Elizabeth Taylor. Starring in more than 50 films, winning two Academy Awards, she will always be synonymous with Hollywood glamour. More about the life of the screen-icon

On this day in 1839, the initials “O.K.” were publicly used for the first time as abbreviation to “all correct” in The Boston Morning Post. It then made its way into the everyday speech of Americans.

On the 24th of March

This is the birthday of one of Ireland's very talented people, Happy 45th Birthday to Sharon Corr!

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On the 25th of March

On this day in 1960, "Lady Chatterley's Lover" by DH Lawrence was ruled as not being obscene in NYC court.

19 years ago, in 1996, The European Union's Veterinarian Committee banned the export of British beef and its by-products because of "mad cow disease". See how Irish beef was affected:

On the 26th of March

We all know the importance of Health and Safety regulations, but did you know that Thomas J Martin registered the patent for the fire extinguisher in 1872?

Did you know that there is a statue of Popeye in Texas? Spinach growers erected the statue in 1937.

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On the 27th of March

On this day in 1973, Marlon Brando declined the Academy Award for Best Actor for his career-reviving performance in The Godfather, in support of Native Americans. Irish Independent reported:

It heats thousands of Irish houses these days, but kerosene was patented by Abraham Gesner in 1855.

On the 28th of March

History tells of Constantinople & Angora. Although it is confusing for those who don’t know that they changed their names to Istanbul & Ankara, in 1930!

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On the 29th of March

One of the greatest performance venues in London, the Royal Albert Hall, was opened by Queen Victoria in 1871.

11 years ago, the Republic of Ireland proudly becomes the first country in the world to ban smoking in all work places, including bars and restaurants! Opinions were divided:

For more details and information about some of these events or to find out what more was happening in Ireland at the time, check out our website and browse over 40 Irish newspaper titles!