TODAY IN IRISH HISTORY: November 9 (published by For the Love of Being Irish)
1919: Irish Labour leader James Larkin is arrested in New York charged with circulating a publication advocating the forcible overthrow of the government.
1926: Irish playwright, author and humorist Hugh Leonard was born. The famous Abbey Theatre turned down an early play of his under his real name of John Byrne, featuring a character named Hughie Leonard. As a joke or otherwise his next play, “The Big Birthday,” was submitted by “Hugh Leonard.” Thus was the name born. Just to confuse things further, he was known to his friends as “Jack.” His most famous plays are Da and A Life.
1960: JFK wins US presidential election by the slim margin of 34,227,096 popular votes to Richard Nixon’s 34,107,646. He won the electoral college by a much wider margin of 337 votes to 185. The much publicized myth that Kennedy only won the election because Mayor Daly of Chicago “stole” Illinois for Kennedy is just that. Irrespective of what would have happened in Illinois, Kennedy did have sufficient electoral college votes to get the presidency. He was the youngest man voted into the White House, but not the youngest president. That was Theodore Roosevelt. Kennedy visited Ireland in June 1963, following his famous Ich bien ein Berliner speech at the Berlin wall.
JFK Wins Presidential Election
JFK on Date of Election Win
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