Arrest of Big Jim Larkin – JFK Elected President – Author Hugh Leonard

November 9: TODAY in Irish History:

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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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1919: James Larkin Arrested in New York

Irish Labour leader James Larkin is arrested in New York charged with criminal anarchy. The indictment states that “Larkin and his co-defendant Benjamin Gitlow were described in the indictment as “men of intelligence, with considerable experience in public affairs, and all this either from honest fanaticism, gross egotism, venomous class hatred, criminal ambition, conceited ignorance on great subjects, or muddled thought they have perverted into the most dangerous channels. As they stand today, as against the organized government specified in this statute, they are positively dangerous men.” He was sentenced to 5-10 years in jail but was pardoned in 1923.

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READ: Larkin Indictment

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1926: Hugh Leonard born

Hugh Leonard 1926-2009
Hugh Leonard 1926-2009

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Irish playwright, author and humorist Hugh Leonard is born, John Byrne. The famous Abbey Theatre turned down an early play of his under his real name, featuring a character named Hughie Leonard.  As a joke or otherwise his next play, “The Big Birthday,”  was submitted by “Hugh Leonard.” Thus was the name born.  Just to confuse things further, he was known to his friends as “Jack.”  His most famous plays are Da and A Life.

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1960: John Fitzgerald Kennedy Elected President

President Kennedy election

Illustration of JFK by Mark Anderson in For the Love of Being Irish by Chicago Motivational Business Speaker  Conor Cunneen.

The much publicized myth that Kennedy only won the election because Mayor Daley of Chicago “stole” Illinois for Kennedy is just that. Irrespective of what would have happened in Illinois, Kennedy did have sufficient electoral college votes to get the presidency. He was the youngest man voted into the White House, but not the youngest president. That was Theodore Roosevelt.  Kennedy visited Ireland in June 1963, following his famous Ich bien ein Berliner speech at the Berlin wall.

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JFK Wins Presidential Election

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JFK on Date of Election Win

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