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February 18,

Bloody Mary is Born. 1948 General Election.

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1516: Mary, Queen of England and Ireland is born. She was daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Arragon. She reigned from 1553-1558 during which she restored Catholicism as the official religion, putting numerous dissenters (i.e. Protestants) to the stake which earned her the title “Bloody Mary.”

1817: Confederate General Walter Paye Lane is born in County Cork. His family emigrated when he was four. Settled in Texas, he became a strong proponent of secession.

Walter Paye Lane

1861: Timothy Francis Quinlan is born in County Tipperary. His family emigrated to Australia when he was two. Quinlan would become immensely wealthy and also be Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia.

Timothy Francis Quinlan

1882: Northern Ireland plays its first international soccer game against England losing by a record score of 13-0.

1917: County Roscommon born Civil  war veteran James Rowan O’Beirne dies at age seventy three. O’Beirne rose to the rank of Brigadier General and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for having “gallantly maintained the line of battle until ordered to fall back” at Fair Oaks, Va., May 31-June 1, 1862. O’Beirne was a major player in the pursuit of Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth.

1935: Ciaran Bourke of the Dubliners fame is born in Dublin.

1948: Following the general election, Eamonn De Valera’s Fianna Fail is ousted from power for the first time in 16 years. John A. Costello is elected Taoiseach of a coalition government.

Taoiseach John A. Costello

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