Today in Irish History: Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Death by Starvation, Muhammad Ali

Today in Irish History.

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TODAY IN IRISH HISTORY

1751: Playwright, poet, Whig MP and owner of the London Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, Richard Brinsley Butler Sheridan is born. He is buried at Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey. His plays include, The Rivals, The School for Scandal and A Trip to Scarborough. A fine debater and wit, he said of a fellow Member of Parliament: “The Right Honourable Gentleman is indebted to his memory for his jests, and to his imagination for his facts.”

1846: The Cork Examiner reported on:

DEATH BY STARVATION.– A Coroners Inquest was held on the lands of Redwood, in the Parish of Lorha, on yesterday, the 24th, on the body of Daniel Hayes, who for several days subsisted almost on the refuse of vegetables, and went out on Friday morning in quest of something in the shape of food, but he had not gone far when he was obliged to lie down, and, melancholy to relate, was found dead some time afterward.

1974: Muhammad Ali becomes the heavyweight champion of the world for the second time when he knocks out champion George Foreman in the eighth round of the “Rumble in the Jungle,” in Kinshasa, Zaire. The great fighter had Irish origins and visited Ennis, Co. Clare – his ancestral home – in 2009 as you can see in this YouTube clip. Ali twice fought and defeated “Irish” Jerry Quarry in the early 70’s.

 

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