Archive for February 21st, 2012

February 21,

Irish Medal of Honor Winner. Edward Carson. An Garda Síochána

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1850: Medal of Honor winner Edward Floyd is born in Ireland (location unknown.)

Edward Floyd

Floyd’s citation reads: The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Boilermaker Edward Floyd, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession while serving on board the U.S.S. Iowa, at the time of the blowing out of the manhole plate of Boiler D on board that vessel, 25 January 1905.

Headstone Edward Floyd

1910: Ulster Unionists elect Sir Edward Carson as party leader. He would prove to be an inspired choice from the Unionist point of view.

Sir Edward Carson

Sir Edward Carson

1922:  Recruitment campaign commences for An Garda Síochána (Guardians of the Peace), the Irish police force. Candidates were to be at least 5′ 9″, unmarried and between the ages of 19 and 27. Michael Joseph Staines is the first Garda Commissioner.

Garda Síochána circa 1923

2009: Over 100,000 take to Dublin streets to protest the financial and banking crisis affecting Ireland. Unemployment rate in Ireland would jump from 4% (2008) to over 14% by 2011.

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