The History of Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland: Belfast

Historical Events

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  • 1889-06-12 88 people are killed in the Armagh rail disaster, Ireland.
  • 1914-04-24 A shipment of 35,000 rifles and 5 million rounds of ammunition are landed at Larne for the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF, an Ulster loyalist paramilitary group in Northern Ireland
  • 1921-05-24 1st parliament for Northern Ireland elected

IrelandAnglo-Irish Treaty

1921-12-06 Anglo-Irish Treaty signed; Ireland receives dominion status; partition creates Northern Ireland
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Signature page of the Anglo-Irish Treaty
Signature page of the Anglo-Irish Treaty

PlaneAmelia Earhart Flies Across the Atlantic

1932-05-21 After flying for 17 hours from Newfoundland, Amelia Earhart lands near Londonderry, Northern Ireland, becoming the 1st transatlantic solo flight by a woman
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Amelia Earhart not long after she landed in Ireland in 1932, becoming the first woman to fly non-stop solo across the Atlantic
Amelia Earhart not long after she landed in Ireland in 1932, becoming the first woman to fly non-stop solo across the Atlantic
  • 1942-01-26 1st US force in Europe during WW II go ashore in Northern Ireland
  • 1956-12-15 Emergency crisis in North Ireland proclaimed after IRA strikes

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1968-01-08 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill travels to Dublin to meet with Irish Prime Minister Jack Lynch to continue discussions on matters of joint interest to the two governments

Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill
Northern Ireland Prime Minister
Terence O'Neill
  • 1968-01-19 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill calls for "a new endeavour by organisations in Northern Ireland to cross denominational barriers and advance the cause of better community relations"
  • 1968-03-25 Members of the Derry Housing Action Committee (DHAC) disrupt a meeting of Londonderry Corporation to protest at the lack of housing provision in the city, Northern Ireland
  • 1968-04-27 The Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA) hold a rally to protest the banning of a Republican Easter parade
  • 1968-05-16 In the Stormont (Northern Ireland parliament) by-election in the city of Londonderry (Derry) the Ulster Unionists retain the seat
  • 1968-05-20 Terence O'Neill, then Northern Ireland Prime Minister, is showered with eggs, flour and stones after a meeting of the Woodvale Unionist Association, a loyalist vigilante group
  • 1968-06-20 Austin Currie, then Nationalist Member of Parliament (MP) at Stormont, and other Irish civil rights activists, protest discrimination in the allocation of housing by 'squatting' (illegally occupying) in a house in Caledon, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
  • 1968-07-03 As part of a series of protests against housing conditions in Derry, the Derry Housing Action Committee (DHAC) hold a sit-down protest on the newly opened second deck of the Craigavon Bridge in the city, Northern Ireland
  • 1968-08-22 The Society of Labour Lawyers (SLL) publishes an 'interim report' about alleged discrimination in Northern Ireland; the report is heavily criticised by unionists.

  • 1968-08-24 Northern Ireland's first civil rights march held; many more marches would be held over the following year and Loyalists organized counter-demonstrations to get the marches banned
  • 1968-08-27 Portest by the Derry Housing Action Committee (DHAC) at the Guildhall's council chamber; after which Eamon Melaugh phones the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA) to organise a march in Derry
  • 1968-08-28 MP Gerry Fitt, tables House of Commons motion criticising Royal Ulster Constabulary at Dungannon "citizens of Northern Ireland should be allowed the same rights of peaceful demonstration as those in other parts of the United Kingdom"
  • 1968-10-03 The proposed civil rights march in Derry, Northern Ireland, is banned from the area of the city centre and the Waterside area; the banning order is issued under the Public Order Act by William Craig, then Home Affairs Minister
  • 1968-10-04 A Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA) delegation meet with the Derry March organisers and try to have the march cancelled; eventually it was decided to go ahead with the march.
  • 1968-10-05 Civil rights march in Derry stopped by the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC)and resulting clashes lead to two days of serious rioting, often considered the start of 'the Troubles' in Northern Ireland
  • 1968-10-07 Rioting continues in Derry, Northern Ireland after Royal Ulster Constabulary put down civil rights march two days earlier
  • 1968-10-15 The Nationalist Party of Northern Ireland (NPNI) withdraws from its role as 'official' opposition within the Northern Ireland parliament at Stormont
  • 1968-10-16 The People's Democracy (PD), formed on Oct 9, organise a march of 1,300 students from the Queen's University of Belfast to the City Hall in the centre of the city, Northern Ireland
  • 1968-10-24 The People's Democracy (PD) stage a protest demonstration at Stormont Parliament buildings, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

1968-10-30 Jack Lynch, Irish Prime Minister (Taoiseach), meets with Harold Wilson, then British Prime Minister, in London, calling for the ending of partition as a means to resolve the unrest in Northern Ireland

British Prime Minister Harold Wilson
British Prime Minister
Harold Wilson
  • 1968-11-02 A banned march in Derry, North Ireland, by members of the Derry Citizen's Action Committee (DCAC) is joined by thousands; due to the number of people taking part, the Royal Ulster Constabulary is unable to prevent it
  • 1968-11-04 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill meets British Prime Minister Harold Wilson for talks on Northern Ireland; Wilson states no change of constitutional position of Northern Ireland possible without consent of the its people
  • 1968-11-08 Londonderry Corporation agreed to a Nationalist request to introduce a points system in the allocation of public sector housing in Northern Ireland

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1968-11-09 Ian Paisley and Ronald Bunting lead a Loyalist march to the Diamond area of Derry, North Ireland

First Minister of Northern Ireland Ian Paisley
First Minister of Northern Ireland
Ian Paisley
  • 1968-11-13 William Craig, Home Affairs Minister, bans all marches, with the exception of 'customary' parades, in Derry, Northern Ireland; the exception of 'customary' parades meant that Loyalist institutions could parade but civil rights marches could not
  • 1968-11-16 The Derry Citizens Action Committee defies a ban on marches in Derry, Northern Ireland, by marching with an estimated 15,000 people
  • 1968-11-22 Terence O'Neill, then Northern Ireland Prime Minister, announced a package of reform measures granting concessions to the Catholic minority, in response to protest movement
  • 1968-11-30 A Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association march in Armagh is stopped by Royal Ulster Constabulary because of the presence of a Loyalist counter demonstration led by Ian Paisley and Ronald Bunting
  • 1968-12-04 Following a civil rights march in Dungannon, Northern Ireland, there is a violent clash between Loyalists and those who are taking part in the march

  • 1968-12-09 Terence O'Neill, Northern Ireland Prime Minister, makes a television appeal for moderate opinion in what became known as the 'Ulster stands at the Crossroads' speech
  • 1968-12-11 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill sacks Home Affairs Minister, William Craig
  • 1968-12-12 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill receives overwhelming support from Unionist Members of Parliament (MPs) at Stormont
  • 1968-12-24 Ballon d'Or: Manchester United's winger George Best wins award for best European football player ahead of team mate Bobby Charlton and Red Star Belgrade winger Dragan Džajić; first Northern Irish national to win the award
  • 1969-01-09 Prime Minister of Northern Ireland Terence O'Neill travels to London to meet Home Secretary James Callaghan and brief him on the growing violence in Northern Ireland
  • 1969-01-10 Pirate Radio Station Free Derby begins operation by Northern Ireland
  • 1969-01-15 Prime Minister of Northern Ireland Terence O'Neill announces that an official inquiry will analyse the 'troubles' in Northern Ireland
  • 1969-01-24 Deputy Prime Minister Brian Faulkner resigns from the Northern Ireland cabinet in protest at the lack of 'strong government' on the part of PM Terence O'Neill
  • 1969-01-26 Minister of Health and Social Services William Morgan resigns from the Northern Ireland government
  • 1969-02-03 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill announces the dissolution of the Stormont parliament and the holding of new elections
  • 1969-02-06 The New Ulster Movement forms, promoting moderate and non-sectarian policies and to assist those candidates who support Northern Ireland Prime MinisterTerence O'Neill
  • 1969-02-24 Northern Ireland Stormont parliament elections are held; the Unionist party fragments into 'Official Unionist' and 'Unofficial Unionist'
  • 1969-02-28 Terence O'Neill re-elected as leader of the Unionist Parliamentary Party and thus confirmed as Northern Ireland Prime Minister
  • 1969-03-25 Ian Paisley and Ronald Bunting, loyalists in Northern Ireland are jailed for organising an illegal counter demonstration in Armagh on 30 November 1968
  • 1969-03-30 Loyalists bomb water and electricity installations in Northern Ireland in the hope that the attacks would be blamed on the IRA and on elements of the civil rights movement, which was demanding an end to discrimination against Catholics
  • 1969-04-19 Serious rioting in the Bogside area of Derry following clashes between Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association marchers and Loyalists and members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary
  • 1969-04-21 The Ministry of Defence in London announces that British troops would be used in Northern Ireland to guard key public installations following a series of bombings
  • 1969-04-22 Bernadette Devlin, the youngest woman ever to be elected to Westminster, makes a controversial maiden speech in the House of Commons concerning the situation in Northern Ireland
  • 1969-04-23 The Unionist Parliamentary Party votes by 28 to 22 to introduce universal adult suffrage in local government elections in Northern Ireland; the demand for 'one man, one vote' had been one of the most powerful slogans of the civil rights movement
  • 1969-04-24 Loyalist members of the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) and the Ulster Protestant Volunteers (UPV) explode a bomb at a water pipeline between Lough Neagh and Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1969-04-28 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill resigns and is replaced later by James Chichester-Clark.
  • 1969-05-01 James Chichester-Clark is elected as leader of the Unionist party, succeededing Terence O'Neill as the Northern Ireland Prime Minister
  • 1969-05-06 Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark announces an amnesty for all offences associated with demonstrations since 5 October 1968, resulting in the release of, among others, Ian Paisley and Ronald Bunting
  • 1969-05-09 Following his release from prison Ian Paisley, North Ireland Loyalist holds a 'victory' meeting
  • 1969-05-10 In an interview with the 'Belfast Telegraph' former Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill states: "if you give Roman Catholics a good job and a good house, they will live like Protestants, ... They will refuse to have 18 children"
  • 1969-06-15 The Campaign for Social Justice publish a second edition of 'Northern Ireland The Plain Truth' which set out the allegations of discrimination against Catholics by Unionists in the region
  • 1969-06-18 A report published by the International Commission of Jurists on the British government's policy in Northern Ireland is critical of both the British government and the Northern Ireland government
  • 1969-06-22 The Derry Housing Action Committee (DHAC) stage a protest by blocking the Lecky Road in the Bogside area of Derry, Northern Ireland
  • 1969-07-13 North Ireland loyalist Ian Paisley addresses a crowd at Loughgall, County Antrim, and is reported to have said: "I am anti-Roman Catholic, but God being my judge, I love the poor dupes who are ground down under that system."
  • 1969-08-14 In response to events in Derry, Irish nationalists hold protests throughout Northern Ireland, some of these became violent
  • 1969-08-14 British Army deploys on the streets of Northern Ireland, marking the beginning of Operation Banner
  • 1969-12-18 House of Lords votes to abolish the death penalty in England, Wales and Scotland (Northern Ireland 25 July 1973)

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

1970-02-01 Northern Ireland PM Chichester-Clark meets British Home Secretary James Callaghan to discuss the economy of Northern Ireland

British Prime Minister James Callaghan
British Prime Minister
James Callaghan
  • 1970-03-06 A Catholic man is shot dead by British soldiers in Belfast, North Ireland
  • 1970-03-10 Members of the Stormont Parliament of Northern Ireland given police protection
  • 1970-03-18 Five Unionist Members of Parliament (MPs), including William Craig and Harry West, are expelled from the Unionist Parliamentary Party, Northern Ireland
  • 1970-03-26 The Police (Northern Ireland) Act becomes law; the act provides for the disarmament of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) and the establishment of an RUC reserve force
  • 1970-04-03 As part of a new 'get tough' policy in Northern Ireland, Ian Freeland of the British Army, warned that those throwing petrol bombs could be shot dead
  • 1970-04-16 Protestant Unionist Ian Paisley wins seat formerly held by Terence O'Neill in the Stormont (North Ireland Parliament)
  • 1970-04-21 The Alliance Party of Northern Ireland (APNI) is formed; it attempts to appeal to Catholics and Protestant to unite in support of moderate policies
  • 1970-06-05 The Falls Road curfew in North Ireland, imposed by the British Army while searching for IRA weapons, is lifted after a march by women breaches the British Army cordon
  • 1970-07-02 The Prevention of Incitement to Hatred Act (Northern Ireland) is introduced; it proves difficult to secure convictions under its provisions, seldom enforced
  • 1970-07-04 The Falls Road curfew in North Ireland, imposed by the British Army while searching for IRA weapons, continues throughout the day; a man is killed by the British Army
  • 1970-07-13 The annual 'Twelfth' parades passes off without serious incident in Northern Ireland
  • 1970-07-23 A ban on parades and public processions until January 1971 is announced by the Stormont government (North Ireland Parliament)
  • 1970-07-30 Riots hit Belfast, North Ireland
  • 1970-07-31 Daniel O'Hagan (19), a Catholic civilian, is shot dead by the British Army during a serious riot in the New Lodge Road area of Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1970-08-02 Rubber bullets used for the first time in Northern Ireland during 'The Troubles'
  • 1970-08-10 British Home Secretary Reginald Maulding threatens to impose direct rule on Northern Ireland if the agreed reform measures are not carried out
  • 1970-08-26 Minister of Home Affairs Robert Porter resigns from the Stormont government (North Ireland parliament)
  • 1970-09-14 Economic Council for Northern Ireland holds its first meeting
  • 1970-09-15 Officers of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) in Northern Ireland vote narrowly in favour of remaining unarmed
  • 1970-09-30 A Protestant man is shot and killed by Loyalists in Belfast, North Ireland
  • 1970-10-08 The Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) propose that a system of Proportional Representation (PR) should be used in elections in Northern Ireland
  • 1970-10-29 The Electoral Reform Society calls for the introduction of Proportional Representation (PR) in elections in Northern Ireland
  • 1970-10-30 Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark meets with British Home Secretary Reginald Maulling to discuss matters related to reforms and security
  • 1970-11-12 The Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) is formed; the NIHE gradually took over control of the building and allocation of public sector housing in Northern Ireland
  • 1970-12-08 Head of the Catholic Church in Ireland Cardinal William Conway publishes a pamphlet on the topic of segregation in education in Northern Ireland
  • 1970-12-23 A Protestant man is shot dead at his home in Belfast, North Ireland
  • 1970-12-30 The financial cost of the disturbances and riots in Northern Ireland during 1969 and 1970 are today estimated to be £5.5 million
  • 1971-01-18 Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark meets British Home Secretary Reginald Maudling
  • 1971-01-23 Riots break out in the Shankill Road area of Belfast, North Ireland
  • 1971-01-25 The 170 delegates of the Ulster Unionist Council (UUC) call for the resignation of Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark
  • 1971-02-04 Lieutenant-General Vernon Erskine-Crum becomes General Officer Commanding of the British Army in Northern Ireland

Famous Birthdays

  • 1871-01-08 James Craig, 1st Viscount Craigavon, Irish unionist politician and the first Prime Minister of Northern Ireland (1921-1940), born in Belfast, Ireland (d. 1940)
  • 1876-04-11 Paul Henry, Northern Irish artist, born in Belfast, Ireland (d. 1958)
  • 1882-06-09 Robert Kerr, Canadian sprinter (1909 Olympics), born in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland (d. 1963)
  • 1884-11-04 Henry George "Harry" Ferguson, Irish aviator, engineer and inventor (Modern tractor), born in County Down, Ireland, United Kingdom (d. 1960)
  • 1886-06-24 George Shiels, Northern Irish dramatist (d. 1949)
  • 1897-09-01 Andy Kennedy, Irish soccer defender (2 caps, Arsenal), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 1963)

Person of interestC. S. Lewis

1898-11-29 C. S. Lewis [Clive Staples], British sci-fi author (Silver Chair), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 1963)

Author and Theologian C. S. Lewis
Author and Theologian
C. S. Lewis
  • 1907-10-28 John Hewitt, Northern Irish poet, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 1987)
  • 1909-04-30 F. E. McWilliam [Frederick Edward], Northern-Irish surrealist sculptor (Four Seasons Group), born in Banbridge, County Down (d. 1992)
  • 1910-04-15 Ralph Grey, Baron Grey of Naunton, Governor of Northern Ireland (1968-73), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 1999)
  • 1912-04-19 William Murray, British teacher and educationalist, born in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland (d. 1995)
  • 1912-07-03 Edward Jones, Northern Irish lord justice of appeals (d. 1993)
  • 1913-01-22 William Cardinal Conway, Northern Irish clergyman (d. 1977)

Person of interestTerence O'Neill

1914-09-10 Terence O'Neill, Prime Minister of Northern Ireland (Ulster Unionist Party: 1963-69), born in London, England (d. 1990)

Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill
Northern Ireland Prime Minister
Terence O'Neill
  • 1917-04-14 Valerie Hobson, British actress (Great Expectations), born in Larne, County Antrim, Ireland (d. 1998)
  • 1918-02-07 Markey Robinson, Northern Irish painter (d. 1999)
  • 1919-01-31 Robert Lowry, Baron Lowry. Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland and a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary.
  • 1920-05-10 Basil Kelly, Lord Justice of Appeals (Northern Ireland)
  • 1921-10-26 George Forrest, Northern Irish politician (d. 1968)
  • 1922-03-31 Patrick Magee [McGee], Northern Irish actor and director (A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon), born in Armagh, Northern Ireland (d.1982)
  • 1923-02-12 James Chichester-Clark, Irish politician, Prime Minister of Northern Ireland (1969-71), born in Moyola Park, Londonderry (d. 2002)
  • 1923-05-24 Siobhán McKenna [Cionnaith], Irish stage actress (Saint Joan, The Chalk Garden), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 1986)
  • 1923-05-29 Richard Worsley, British Army officer, born in Ballywalter, County Down, Northern Ireland (d. 2013)
  • 1923-09-20 Geraldine Clinton Little, Irish poet (A Little Bouquet), born in Northern Ireland (d. 1997)
  • 1923-11-03 Tomás Cardinal Ó Fiaich, Northern Irish clergyman (d. 1990)
  • 1924-07-11 Charlie Tully, Northern Irish footballer (d. 1971)

Person of interestIan Paisley

1926-04-06 Ian Paisley, First Minister of Northern Ireland (Democratic Unionist Party: 2007-08), loyalist politician and Protestant religious leader, born in Armagh, Northern Ireland (d. 2014)

First Minister of Northern Ireland Ian Paisley
First Minister of Northern Ireland
Ian Paisley
  • 1926-04-09 Gerry Fitt, Northern Irish politician (Leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party), born in Beechmount, Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2015)

Person of interestElizabeth II

1926-04-21 Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland, 1952- ), born in London, England

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 1926-09-17 Donald Acheson, Irish physician and Chief Medical Officer for England (1983-90), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2010)
  • 1927-05-09 John McDermott, Lord Justice of Appeal (Northern Ireland)
  • 1928-05-01 Desmond Titterington, Northern Irish racer (d. 2002)
  • 1928-07-16 James Kilfedder, Northern Ireland unionist politician, born in Kinlough, Ireland (d. 1995)
  • 1930-02-20 Willie Cunningham, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1930-09-23 Colin Blakely, Northern-Irish character actor (Shattered, Equus, King Lear), born in Bangor, County Down (d. 1987)
  • 1931-04-15 Kenneth Bloomfield, BBC governor (Ireland), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1931-07-04 Stephen Boyd [William Millar], Irish actor (Fantastic Voyage, Ben-Hur), born in Glengormley, County Antrim, Northern Ireland (d. 1977)
  • 1931-12-31 Bob Shaw, Northern Irish sci-fi author (Light of Other Days, The Ragged Astronauts), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 1996)
  • 1933-03-07 Jackie Blanchflower, Northern Irish footballer (d. 1998)
  • 1933-06-28 Gusty Spence, Northern Irish loyalist politician and leader of the paramilitary Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2011)
  • 1933-07-05 Terence Cooper, British actor (Casino Royale), born in Carnmoney, County Antrim, Northern Ireland (d. 1997)
  • 1934-04-25 Peter McParland, Northern Irish footballer, born in Newry, Ireland
  • 1934-07-07 Robert McNeill Alexander, British zoologist (estimated speed of dinosaurs, born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland (d. 2016)
  • 1934-08-18 Ronnie Carroll, British singer (Walk Hand in Hand), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2015)
  • 1935-03-29 Ruby Murray, Irish pop singer (Softly Softly), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 1996)
  • 1935-07-11 Oliver Napier, Northern Irish politician
  • 1935-07-27 Billy McCullough, Northern Irish footballer, born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland
  • 1936-12-22 James Burke, British science historian and broadcaster (Connections), born in Derry, Northern Ireland
  • 1938-03-17 Keith O'Brien, Scottish Catholic archbishop (St Andrews & Edinburgh), born in Ballycastle, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
  • 1938-06-19 John Sheil, Northern Irish High Court judge
  • 1939-01-23 Ray Elliott, Irish rock pianist & saxophonist (Them), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Person of interestSeamus Heaney

1939-04-13 Seamus Heaney, Irish poet and playwright (Nobel Prize in Literature 1995), born in Castledawson, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland (d. 2013)

  • 1939-12-08 James Galway, Irish flutist (18k gold flute, Royal Phil), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1940-04-10 Gloria Hunniford [Mary Winifred Gloria Hunniford], British broadcaster and actress (Old Curiosity Shop), born in Portadown, Northern Ireland
  • 1940-06-06 Willie-John McBride, British rugby player, born in Toomebridge, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
  • 1941-10-28 John Hallam, British character actor, born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland (d. 2006)
  • 1942-05-08 Terry Neill, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1942-09-14 Bernard MacLaverty, Northern Irish writer (Grace Notes), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1942-10-14 Billy Harrison, Irish rock guitarist (Them), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1942-12-03 Mike Gibson, Irish rugby union centre (69 caps Ireland, 12 British & Irish Lions, 9 Barbarians), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1943-05-22 Betty Williams, Northern Irish political activist (Nobel Peace Prize 1976), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2020)
  • 1943-06-03 Eddie McGrady, Northern Irish politician (SDLP) unseated Enoch Powell, Born in Downpatrick (d. 2013)

Person of interestJocelyn Bell Burnell

1943-07-15 Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Irish astrophysicist (discovered radio pulsars), born in Lurgan, Northern Ireland

Astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell Burnell
Astrophysicist
Jocelyn Bell Burnell
  • 1943-07-21 Henry McCullough, Irish guitarist (Wings), born in Portstewart, Northern Ireland (d. 2016)
  • 1944-05-28 Patricia Quinn, Lady Stephens, Northern-Irish actress, voice artist and singer (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1944-07-24 Jim Armstrong, Irish rock guitarist (Them), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1944-11-26 Alan Henderson, Irish rock bassist (Them), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2017)
  • 1945-08-31 [George Ivan] "Van" Morrison, Northern Irish singer-songwriter (Astral Weeks, Moondance), born in Bloomfield, Belfast
  • 1946-02-09 Séan Neeson, Northern Irish politician
  • 1946-05-04 John Watson, Northern Irish racecar driver, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1946-05-22 George Best, Northern Irish footballer (Manchester United, Northern Ireland), born in Belfast
  • 1946-10-31 Stephen Rea, Irish film and stage actor (Crying Game, Michael Collins), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1946-12-14 Jackie McAuley, Irish rock pianist (Them - Here Comes The Night), born in Coleraine, Londonderry, Northern Ireland
  • 1947-04-17 Linda Martin, Irish singer and TV presenter, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1947-04-23 Bernadette Devlin McAliskey, Irish political activist, born in Cookstown, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
  • 1947-09-03 Eric Bell, Northern Irish rock guitarist (Thin Lizzy), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Person of interestSam Neill

1947-09-14 Sam Neill, New Zealand actor (Jurassic Park, Dead Calm, The Piano), born in Omagh, Northern Ireland

Actor Sam Neill
Actor
Sam Neill
  • 1947-12-03 John Wilson, Irish rock drummer (Them), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1948-04-04 Derek Thompson, Northern Irish actor (Charlie Fairhead - Casualty), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1948-07-23 John Cushnahan, Northern Irish politician, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1948-10-06 Gerry Adams, Northern Irish politician
  • 1949-03-17 Pat Rice, Irish soccer defender and coach (49 caps; Arsenal, Watford), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1949-03-18 Alex "Hurricane" Higgins, Irish snooker player (2x world-champ), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2010)
  • 1949-04-01 Sammy Nelson, Irish soccer left back (51 caps Northern Ireland; Arsenal), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1949-08-06 Alan Campbell, Northern Irish clergyman
  • 1950-09-28 Brian Keenan, Irish author (An Evil Cradling), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1951-06-20 Paul Muldoon, Northern Irish poet
  • 1951-06-27 Mary McAleese, 8th President of Ireland (1997-2011), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1951-12-22 Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster, British peer and its 3rd richest person, born in Omagh, Northern Ireland (d. 2016)
  • 1952-03-01 Martin O'Neill, Northern Irish soccer midfielder (64 caps; Nottingham Forest) and manager (Rep of Ireland; Leicester City, Celtic, Aston Villa, Sunderland), born in Kilrea, Northern Ireland
  • 1952-04-04 Gary Moore, Irish rock guitarist (Skid Row-Oh Pretty Woman), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2011)
  • 1953-04-02 Jim Allister, Northern Irish politician, born in Listooder, Crossgar, Northern Ireland
  • 1955-03-28 John Alderdice, Northern Irish politician, born in Ballymena, Northern Ireland
  • 1956-02-28 Jimmy Nicholl, Canadian-born Northern Irish footballer
  • 1956-05-24 Michael Jackson, Northern Irish clergyman (Archbishop of Dublin), born in Lurgan, County Armagh, Northern Ireland
  • 1956-11-18 Noel Brotherston, Northern Irish footballer (d. 1995)
  • 1957-03-17 Mal Donaghy, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1957-05-23 Jimmy McShane, singer (Baltimora-Tarzan Boy), born in Derry, Northern Ireland (d. 1995)
  • 1957-09-16 David McCreery, Irish footballer (Newcastle United), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1957-11-27 Kenny Acheson, Northern Irish racecar driver

Famous Weddings

  • 2006-01-05 Adult film actress Linsey Dawn McKenzie (27) weds former Wimbledon F.C. and Northern Ireland footballer Mark Williams (35) at the central London register office

Famous Deaths

  • 1886-08-09 Samuel Ferguson, Northern Irish poet and artist (b. 1810)
  • 1922-02-03 John Butler Yeats, Northern Irish artist (b. 1839)
  • 1940-11-24 James Craig, 1st Viscount Craigavon, Irish unionist politician and the first Prime Minister of Northern Ireland (1921-1940), dies of natural causes at 69
  • 1941-01-10 Sir John Lavery, Northern Irish artist (b. 1856)
  • 1958-08-24 Paul Henry, Northern Irish artist, dies at 82
  • 1959-05-16 Elisha Scott, Northern Irish footballer (b. 1894)
  • 1960-03-09 Jack Beattie, Northern Irish politician (b. 1886)
  • 1968-12-10 George Forrest, Northern Irish politician, dies at 47
  • 1971-12-12 Jack Barnhill, Northern Ireland senator, assassinated
  • 1976-12-04 W. F. McCoy, Northern Irish politician (b. 1886)
  • 1977-04-17 William Cardinal Conway, Northern Irish clergyman (b. 1913)
  • 1980-11-22 Norah McGuinness, Northern Irish painter (b. 1901)
  • 1981-11-14 Robert Bradford, Northern Irish footballer (b. 1941)
  • 1982-08-14 Patrick Magee [McGee], Northern Irish actor and director (A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon), dies from a heart attack at 60
  • 1983-12-23 Colin Middleton, Northern Irish artist (b. 1910)
  • 1987-05-07 Colin Blakely, Northern-Irish character actor (Shattered, Equus, King Lear), dies of leukaemia at 56

Person of interestTerence O'Neill

1990-06-12 Terence O'Neill, Prime Minister of Northern Ireland (Ulster Unionist Party: 1963-69), dies of cancer at 75

Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill
Northern Ireland Prime Minister
Terence O'Neill
  • 1992-05-13 F. E. McWilliam [Frederick Edward], Northern-Irish surrealist sculptor (Four Seasons Group), dies at 83
  • 1993-09-02 John [Eoin] Higgins, Northern Ireland supreme court justice (1984-93), dies at 66
  • 1993-12-09 Danny Blanchflower, North Ireland soccer/union coach, dies at 67
  • 1995-03-20 James Kilfedder, Northern Ireland unionist politician, dies at 66
  • 1995-05-06 Noel Brotherston, Northern Irish footballer (b. 1956)
  • 1996-02-12 Bob Shaw, Northern Irish novelist (b. 1931)
  • 1999-08-23 James White, Northern Irish writer (b. 1928)
  • 1999-10-17 Ralph Grey, Baron Grey of Naunton, Governor of Northern Ireland (1968-73), dies at 89
  • 2002-04-13 Desmond Titterington, Northern Irish racecar driver, dies at 73
  • 2002-05-17 James Chichester-Clark, Irish politician, Prime Minister of Northern Ireland (1969-71), dies at 79
  • 2004-10-28 Jimmy McLarnin, Northern Irish-born boxer (b. 1907)
  • 2005-08-26 Gerry Fitt, Northern Irish politician (Leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party), dies at 79
  • 2005-11-25 George Best, Northern Irish footballer (Manchester United, Northern Ireland), dies at age 59 after suffering multiple organ failures
  • 2007-01-08 David Ervine, Northern Irish politician (b. 1953)
  • 2007-06-24 Derek Dougan, Northern Irish footballer (b. 1938)
  • 2008-05-15 Robert Dunlop, Northern Irish motorcycle racer, younger brother of Joey Dunlop, dies after a crash at 47
  • 2008-05-21 Brian Keenan, Irish Provisional IRA member who played a key role in Northern Ireland's peace process (1998), dies of cancer at 66
  • 2010-07-24 Alex Higgins, Northern Irish snooker player (b. 1949)
  • 2011-09-25 Gusty Spence, Northern Irish loyalist politician and leader of the paramilitary Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF), dies at 78
  • 2012-06-23 Alan McDonald, Northern Irish footballer, dies from an apparent heart attack at 48
  • 2013-11-11 Eddie McGrady, Northern Irish politician (SDLP) unseated Enoch Powell, dies at 78

Person of interestIan Paisley

2014-09-12 Ian Paisley, First Minister of Northern Ireland (Democratic Unionist Party: 2007-08), loyalist politician and Protestant religious leader, dies at 88

First Minister of Northern Ireland Ian Paisley
First Minister of Northern Ireland
Ian Paisley
  • 2018-05-06 George G. Hall, Northern Irish applied mathematician, dies at 93
  • 2019-04-18 Lyra McKee, Northern Irish journalist, shot by the New IRA in a terrorist attack at 29