First WWI VC Winner was Irish – Hoofer Gene Kelly at Today in Irish History

August 23: 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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1912: Gene Kelly

Hoofer Gene Kelly is born in Pittsburgh. The fleet footed dancer and star of Singin’ in the Rain, An American in Paris and other popular movies was the grandson of Irish immigrants.

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Gene Kelly: Singin’ in the Rain

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PROFILE OF GENE KELLY

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Wikipedia writes about Kelly:

“An American dancer, actor, singer, film director, producer, and choreographer. Kelly was known for his energetic and athletic dancing style, his good looks and the likeable characters that he played on screen.

Although he is known today for his performances in An American in Paris (1951) and Singin’ in the Rain (1952), he was a dominant force in Hollywood musical films from the mid-1940s until this art form fell out of fashion in the late 1950s. His many innovations transformed the Hollywood musical film, and he is credited with almost single-handedly making the ballet form commercially acceptable to film audiences.[3]

Kelly was the recipient of an Academy Honorary Award in 1952 for his career achievements. He later received lifetime achievement awards in the Kennedy Center Honors (1982), and from the Screen Actors Guild and American Film Institute; in 1999, the American Film Institute also numbered him 15th in their Greatest Male Stars of All Time list.”

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1914: First World World War I Victoria Cross Winner

Death of Maurice Dease the first soldier to win a Victoria Cross medal in WWI. Dease was born in Coole, Co. Westmeath.He won the posthumous award for his bravery during the Battle of Mons Belgium, just nineteen days after World War I breaks out.

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Dease’s name is spelled incorrectly in this clipping

Dease was awarded the Victoria Cross for his valor, the first posthumous recipient of the VC. His citation reads:

“”On 23rd August 1914 at Mons, Belgium, Nimy Bridge was being defended by a single company of Royal Fusiliers and a machine gun section with Lieutenant Dease in command.  The gunfire was intense, and the casualties were heavy, but the Lieutenant went on firing in spite of his wounds, until he was hit for the 5th time and was carried away to a place of safety where he died.”

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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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