“Da Mare” Takes Office – Spenser Tracy – Gregory Peck – RUC at Today in Irish History

April 5: TODAY in Irish History:

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Richard J. Daley

Richard J. Daley

Snippets of Irish History by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks

Conor is a Chicago based Motivational Humorous Business Speaker, Author and History buff.

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1900: Spenser Tracy

Spencer Tracy is born to Irish American father John Edward Tracy and mother, Caroline Brown in Milwaukee.

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Spencer Tracy in Boys Town

Tracy was one of the most successful actors of his era, winning Oscars in 1937 (Captain Courageous) and in 1938 for Boys Town (1938) where he played Roscommon born Father Edward Flanagan. Flanagan was still alive at the time the movie was produced and gave general approval to the script.

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READ: Detailed Bio of Spenser Tracy

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1916: Actor Gregory Peck is born in La Jolla, California.

His paternal grandmother was Irish. Peck was nominated Irish American of the Year in 1997 by Irish America magazine. Visiting Ireland in 2000, he said ““I expect that every Irish-American coming to Ireland says visiting makes them feel good to be here. But I feel drawn to Dingle, I feel a sense of coming home. For me that is what it is. This is where my grandmother, Catherine Ashe, came from. And I look forward to coming back again.”

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Gregory Peck 1916-2003

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1919: Irish Embassy in Paris

Irish representatives establish an “embassy” in Paris under the “Ambassadorship” of future President Sean T. O’Kelly. Although, the embassy did not achieve international recognition, it was another strong signal of the intent of the Irish independence movement.

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1920: IRA prisoners starts a hunger strike in Mountjoy Jail demanding prisoner of war status.

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1922: Royal Ulster Constabulary

The Northern Ireland Government formally takes over control of the special constabulary and policing in the six counties. For the next eighty years, the Royal Ulster Constabulary would be almost exclusively a non-Catholic police force, often involved in sectarian discrimination and often subject to murderous attacks by various Republican elements. Between 1969-99, the R.U.C. would lose three hundred officers to violence.

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1944: Britain Bans Irish Telephone Service

As part of an ongoing cold war, the British government ceases telephone service to Ireland and ends the distribution of newspapers to there. Britain rightly was concerned about leakage of military information to the neutral Ireland which still allowed Nazi Germany an embassy in Ireland.

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1955: Richard J. Daley becomes Mayor of Chicago

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Daley would be Mayor of Chicago for 21 years, ruling it with an iron fist, mixing political acumen with alleged skulduggery.

READ: Chicago Tribune Article on Mayor Richard J. Daley

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LISTEN: Richard J. Daley in Conversation with Lyndon Johnson

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Dan Rostenkowski on the Power of Richard J. Daley

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This history is written by Irish author, business keynote speaker and award winning humorist IrishmanSpeaks – Conor Cunneen. If you spot any inaccuracies or wish to make a comment, please don’t hesitate to contact us via the comment button.

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