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November 9,

Kennedy Elected. Big Jim Larkin Arrested in NY. Hugh Leonard on this day in Irish History

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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Big Jim Larkin_mug_shot usa arrest

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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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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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January 20,

Kevin Barry. Anti-Treaty Prisoners Executed. JFK Inauguration. Today in Irish History

January 20: TODAY IN IRISH HISTORY (published by For the Love of Being Irish)

1902: Kevin Barry is born in Dublin. He would become the first Irish rebel to be executed by British authorities in the 1919-1921 War of Independence.

Kevin Barry in rugby jersey

Kevin Barry in rugby jersey

1921: The IRA ambush an RIC patrol near Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare killing six policemen, suffering zero casualties and capturing significant amount of guns and ammunition. Over thirty houses were burned by the RIC in the general area that evening in reprisal for the attack. In County Cork, the IRA executes two “informers.”

1923: 11 Anti-Treaty prisoners are executed. In what was now becoming a brutal civil war between pro and anti-Treaty parties, the pro-treaty government had instituted in October 1921 an aggresive policy of execution of Republican prisoners or “Irregulars.” Here, you can read the final letter from Patrick Hennessy on the eve of his execution. The Government’s view was that anti-Treaty irregulars were rebels fighting against a legitimate Irish authority, elected by the people. 77 official executions occured, 34 in January. Most of the people shot would have fought on the same side as their executioners in the War of Independence against Britain.

The brutal reaction of the Irish government did bring a swift response with anti-treaty forces laying down their arms in April, but the bitterness of the civil war permeated Irish politics and society for much of the twentieth century.

1961: JFK is inaugurated as 35th President of the United States.

JFK in For the Love of Being Irish

JFK in For the Love of Being Irish

1981: Ronald Reagan is sworn in as 40th President of the United States.

Ronald Reagan in For the Love of Being Irish

Ronald Reagan in For the Love of Being Irish

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This history is written by Irish author, business keynote speaker and award winning humoristIrishmanSpeaks – 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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