April 7: TODAY in Irish History (by IrishmanSpeaks)
1776: Wexford born Navy Captain John Barry, commander of the American warship Lexington, captures the British warship HMS Edward off the coast of Virginia. The capture boosted the morale of the Continental forces and made Barry a national hero. Barry is often mentioned as the “Father of the US Navy.”
1839: Medal of Honor winner, John Lonergan is born in Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary. Lonergan would win the award for his bravery during the second day of The Battle of Gettysburg.
1922: Northern Ireland authorities introduce the Special Powers Act as a response to ongoing IRA and nationalist activity. It provided sweeping powers authorizing the Minister of Home Affairs to ‘take all such steps and issue all such orders as may be necessary for preserving the peace and maintaining order’, and to delegate his powers to any officer of the RUC. Meetings (almost exclusively nationalist) and publications could be banned and suspects interned without trial. Police could search persons and vehicles without warrant.
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