The History of Northern Ireland (Part 2)

Northern Ireland: Belfast

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 207

  • 1971-02-26 Two Royal Ulster Constabulary officers are shot and killed by the Irish Republican Army while on a mobile patrol in the Ardoyne area of Belfast, North Ireland

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1971-03-16 Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark meets with British PM Edward Heath to disucss the security situation in Northern Ireland

British Prime Minister Edward Heath
British Prime Minister
Edward Heath
  • 1971-03-20 Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark resigns in protest at what he views as a limited security response by the British government
  • 1971-03-22 Brian Faulkner becomes the Prime Minister of Northern Ireland

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1971-03-25 James Callaghan speaks at a rally of the Northern Ireland labour movement, but rejects calls for the Labour Party to open membership to those living in N. Ireland

British Prime Minister James Callaghan
British Prime Minister
James Callaghan
  • 1971-03-27 The Alliance Party of Northern Ireland (APNI) holds its first Annual Conference in the Ulster Hall in Belfast

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1971-04-06 During a debate at Westminster on Northern Ireland, Harold Wilson of the Labour Party claimes that a draft Bill for the imposition of direct rule exists

British Prime Minister Harold Wilson
British Prime Minister
Harold Wilson
  • 1971-04-25 The Northern Ireland census is held
  • 1971-06-08 General Officer Commanding the British Army Harry Tuzo, then claims that a permanent military solution to the 'troubles' in Northern Ireland could not be achieved
  • 1971-06-18 Social Democratic and Labour Party and Nationalist Members of Parliament refuse to attend the state opening of Stormont (North Ireland Parliament)
  • 1971-07-16 The Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) withdraw from Stormont (North Ireland Parliament) after no inquiry is announced into the shooting dead of Seamus Cusack and Desmond Beattie
  • 1971-07-23 The British Army carry out early morning raids across Northern Ireland and arrest 48 people
  • 1971-08-05 The British Parliament debate the security situation in Northern Ireland
  • 1971-08-09 Operation Demetrius (or Internment) is introduced in Northern Ireland allowing suspected terrorists to be indefinitely detained without trial; the security forces arrested 342 people suspected of supporting paramilitaries
  • 1971-08-14 British begin internment without trial in Northern Ireland
  • 1971-08-15 The Social Democratic and Labour Party announce a campaign of civil disobedience in response to the introduction of Internment in Northern Ireland
  • 1971-08-16 Over 8,000 workers go on strike in Derry, Northern Ireland, in protest at the introduction of Internment (allowing suspected terrorists to be indefinitely detained without trial)
  • 1971-08-22 Approximately 130 non-Unionist councillors announce their withdrawal from participation on district councils across Northern Ireland in protest against Internment (allowing suspected terrorists to be indefinitely detained without trial)
  • 1971-08-25 Leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party Gerry Fitt presents a number of allegations of brutality by the security forces in Northern Ireland to representatives of the United Nations
  • 1971-08-31 An inquiry into allegations of brutality by the security forces against those interned without trial in Northern Ireland is announced
  • 1971-09-01 The Irish Republican Army set off a series of bombs across Northern Ireland injuring a number of people
  • 1971-09-03 A baby girl and an Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) soldier are killed in separate shooting incidents in Northern Ireland
  • 1971-09-06 British Prime Minister Edward Heath meets with Irish Prime Minister/Taoiseach Jack Lynch at Chequers in England to discuss the situation in Northern Ireland
  • 1971-09-13 Two North Ireland Loyalists are mortally injured when the bomb they were preparing exploded prematurely in a house in Bann Street, Belfast
  • 1971-09-14 Two British soldiers are killed in separate shooting incidents in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
  • 1971-09-16 A number of Unionists resign over the proposed tripartite talks involving Northern Ireland, the UK, and the Republic of Ireland
  • 1971-09-26 MP David Bleakley resigns in protest over the introduction of Internment and the lack of any new political initiatives by the Northern Ireland government
  • 1971-09-27 Tripartite talks involving the prime ministers of Northern Ireland, Britain, and the Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) of the Republic of Ireland take place at Chequers, England
  • 1971-10-05 A new sitting of the Northern Ireland parliament at Stormont begins, though the Social Democratic and Labour Party remain absent due to its continuing protest against Internment
  • 1971-10-07 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Brian Faulkner meets with British Prime Minister Edward Heath; they agree to send an additional 1,500 British Army troops to Northern Ireland
  • 1971-10-17 It is estimated today that approximately 16,000 households were withholding rent and rates for council houses as part of the campaign of civil disobedience against internment organised by the Social Democratic and Labour Party, Northern Ireland
  • 1971-10-19 A group of Northern Ireland Members of Parliament begin a 48 hour hunger strike against the policy of Internment
  • 1971-10-20 Senator in the US Congress Edward Kennedy calls for a withdrawal of British troops from Northern Ireland and all-party negotiations to establish a United Ireland
  • 1971-10-27 Gerard Newe becomes the first Catholic to serve in any Northern Ireland government since 1920; Newe was appointed to try to improve community relations
  • 1971-11-16 The Compton inquiry is published, acknowledging that there was ill-treatment of internees, but rejected claims of systematic brutality or torture (Northern Ireland)
  • 1971-11-25 British Labour Party leader Harold Wilson proposes Britain should work towards a withdrawal from Northern Ireland, and after 15 years; the Republic of Ireland could rejoin the British Commonwealth
  • 1971-11-30 The government of the Republic of Ireland states that it will take the allegations of brutality against the security forces in Northern Ireland to the European Court of Human Rights
  • 1971-12-07 An off duty member of the Ulster Defence Regiment is shot dead by members of the Irish Republican Army in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
  • 1971-12-21 A publican is killed as he tried to remove a bomb from his pub, Northern Ireland
  • 1971-12-23 British Prime Minister Edward Heath visits Northern Ireland and expresses his determination to end the violence
  • 1971-12-31 Edmund Compton, then Northern Ireland Ombudsman, is replaced by John Benn
  • 1972-01-02 An anti-internment rally is held in Belfast, North Ireland
  • 1972-01-17 Seven men who were held as internees escape from the prison ship HMS Maidstone in Belfast Lough, North Ireland
  • 1972-01-18 Prime Minister of Northern Ireland Brian Faulkner bans all parades and marches in Northern Ireland until the end of the year
  • 1972-01-28 The Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association place "special emphasis on the necessity for a peaceful incident-free day" at the next march on 30 January in an effort to avoid violence
  • 1972-02-09 William Craig, who had been Northern Ireland Minister for Home Affairs, launches 'Ulster Vanguard' as an umbrella movement for the right-ring of Unionism
  • 1972-03-24 Great Britain imposes direct rule over Northern Ireland
  • 1972-03-26 William Whitelaw appointed as the first Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
  • 1972-03-27 Ulster Vanguard organise industrial strike against the imposition of direct rule on Northern Ireland by Westminster
  • 1972-03-30 Northern Ireland's Government and Parliament dissolved by the British Government and 'direct rule' from Westminster is introduced
  • 1972-04-14 The Provisional Irish Republican Army explodes twenty-four bombs in towns and cities across Northern Ireland

  • 1972-04-18 The Widgery Report on 'Bloody Sunday' in Northern Ireland is published, causing outrage among the people of Derry who call it the "Widgery Whitewash"
  • 1972-05-22 Over 400 women in Derry attack the offices of Official Sinn Féin in Derry, North Ireland, following the shooting of William Best by the Official Irish Republican Army
  • 1972-05-26 In the Republic of Ireland, the Special Criminal Court is re-instituted to deal with crimes arising out of the Northern Ireland conflict; as part of the measures trial by jury is suspended
  • 1972-06-13 The Irish Republican Army invites British Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Willie Whitelaw to 'Free Derry'; Whitelaw rejects offer and reaffirms his policy to not "let part of the United Kingdom ... default from the rule of law"
  • 1972-06-15 The Social Democratic and Labour Party meet Secretary of State for Northern Ireland W Whitelaw, to present the IRA's conditions for a meeting
  • 1972-06-19 Secretary of State for Northern Ireland William Whitelaw concedes 'special category' status, or 'political status' for paramilitary prisoners in Northern Ireland
  • 1972-07-04 The Royal Ulster Constabulary forward a file about the killings on 'Bloody Sunday' (30 January 1972) to the Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland
  • 1972-07-07 7 people are killed in separate incidents across Northern Ireland
  • 1972-07-18 The 100th British soldier to die in the Northern Ireland "troubles" is shot by a sniper in Belfast
  • 1972-07-31 Claudy bombing: nine civilians were killed when three car bombs exploded in County Londonderry, North Ireland; no group has since claimed responsibility
  • 1972-08-09 There is widespread and severe rioting in Nationalist areas of Northern Ireland on the anniversary of the introduction of Internment
  • 1972-08-23 4 civilians and 1 British soldier are injured in separate overnight shooting incidents in North Ireland
  • 1972-09-20 The Social Democratic and Labour Party issues a document entitled "Towards a New Ireland", proposing that the British and Irish governments should have joint sovereignty over Northern Ireland
  • 1972-10-30 The Northern Ireland Office issues a discussion document 'The Future of Northern Ireland'; the paper states Britain's commitment to the union as long as the majority of people wish to remain part of the United Kingdom
  • 1972-12-20 Five civilians (four Catholics, one Protestant) killed in gun attack on the Top of the Hill Bar in Derry, North Ireland
  • 1973-01-28 In the run up to the first anniversary of 'Bloody Sunday' there is serious rioting in Derry, North Ireland
  • 1973-02-07 North Ireland's United Loyalist Council hold a one-day strike, loyalist paramilitaries forcibly try to stop people going to work
  • 1973-06-28 Northern Ireland Assembly elections take place
  • 1973-12-09 Sunningdale Agreement in Northern Ireland
  • 1974-04-20 'The Troubles', the Northern Ireland conflict between republican and loyalist paramilitaries, British security forces, and civil rights groups, claims its 1000th victim
  • 1974-05-29 Northern Ireland is brought under direct rule from Westminster
  • 1975-02-10 The Provisional Irish Republican Army agrees to a truce and ceasefire with the British government and the Northern Ireland Office; Seven "incident centres" are established in nationalist areas to monitor the ceasefire
  • 1975-04-12 Six Catholic civilians are killed in a Ulster Volunteer Force gun and grenade attack on Strand Bar in Belfast, North Ireland
  • 1975-10-02 The Ulster Volunteer Force kill 7 civilians in a series of attacks across Northern Ireland; 6 were Catholic civilians and 1 was a Protestant civilian
  • 1975-11-22 Drummuckavall Ambush: 3 British Army soldiers are killed and one captured when the Provisional Irish Republican Army attack a watchtower in South Armagh, North Ireland
  • 1975-12-19 The Red Hand Commandos, a very secretive Ulster loyalist paramilitary group in Northern Ireland, explode a no-warning car bomb in Dundalk, killing 2 civilians and wounding 20
  • 1976-01-04 The Ulster Volunteer Force shoot dead 6 Catholic civilians in 2 co-ordinated attacks in County Armagh, North Ireland
  • 1976-06-05 After a suspected republican bombing kills 2 Protestant civilians in a pub, the Ulster Volunteer Force kill 5 civilians in a gun and bomb attack at the Chlorane Bar, North Ireland
  • 1976-08-14 10,000 Northern Ireland women demonstrate for peace in Belfast
  • 1977-12-11 Mairead Corrigan and Betty Williams, leaders of the group 'Peace People' (an organisation dedicated to encouraging a peaceful resolution of 'the Troubles' in Northern Ireland) receive the Nobel Peace Prize
  • 1978-09-14 The Provisional Irish Republican Army explode over 50 bombs in towns across Northern Ireland over the next 5 days, injuring 37 people
  • 1979-03-22 The Provisional Irish Republican Army explode 24 bombs in various locations across Northern Ireland
  • 1981-09-01 Northern Ireland’s first religiously integrated secondary school opens
  • 1983-04-11 In the first 'supergrass' trial in Northern Ireland, fourteen Ulster Volunteer Force members are jailed for a total of two hundred years
  • 1985-11-27 Republic of Ireland gains consultative role in Northern Ireland
  • 1987-05-08 The Loughgall ambush: The SAS kill 8 IRA members and 1 civilian, in Loughgall, Northern Ireland
  • 1987-11-08 IRA bomb attack in Enniskillen, North Ireland, 11 killed
  • 1988-03-16 North Ireland Protestant fires on Catholic funeral, 3 killed
  • 1988-03-19 2 British soldiers lynched in Belfast, North Ireland

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1993-12-15 British Prime Minister John Major and Irish premier Reynolds signs Downing Street Declaration concerning Northern Ireland self determination

British Prime Minister John Major
British Prime Minister
John Major
  • 1994-08-31 The Provisional Irish Republican Army (Sinn Féin) declares a ceasefire in Northern Ireland
  • 1997-12-27 Protestant paramilitary leader Billy Wright is assassinated in Northern Ireland.
  • 1998-04-10 The Good Friday/Belfast Agreement for Northern Ireland is signed by the British and Irish governments
  • 1998-05-23 The Good Friday Agreement is accepted in a referendum in Northern Ireland with 75% voting yes.
  • 1998-08-15 Omagh bombing in Northern Ireland, the worst terrorist incident of The Troubles, kills 29 people and injures about 220
  • 1998-12-26 Severe gales over Ireland, northern England, and southern Scotland cause widespread disruption and widespread power outages in Northern Ireland and southern Scotland
  • 1999-12-02 The United Kingdom devolves political power in Northern Ireland to the Northern Ireland Executive
  • 2001-01-24 Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Mandelson resigns
  • 2001-10-23 The Provisional Irish Republican Army of Northern Ireland commences disarmament after peace talks

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 123 of 123

  • 1979-06-19 John Duddy, Northern Irish boxer
  • 1979-07-30 Graeme McDowell, Northern Irish golfer
  • 1979-08-05 David Healy, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1979-11-08 Aaron Hughes, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1979-12-05 Gareth McAuley, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1980-01-17 Gareth McLearnon, Northern Irish flautist
  • 1980-02-11 Cormac McAnallen, Northern Irish Gaelic footballer (d. 2004)
  • 1981-01-17 Warren Feeney, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1981-03-27 Terry McFlynn, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1981-04-29 George McCartney, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1981-08-12 Tony Capaldi, Northern Ireland footballer
  • 1982-05-01 Jamie Dornan, Irish actor (Fifty Shades of Grey), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1984-07-12 Michael McGovern, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1984-10-20 Andrew Trimble, Northern Irish rugby player for Irish rugby team
  • 1984-12-14 Chris Brunt, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1985-01-01 Steven Davis, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1985-02-01 Dean Shiels, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1985-03-03 Sam Morrow, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1985-06-15 Nadine Coyle, Northern Irish singer (Girls Aloud)
  • 1987-11-17 Darren McKillion, Northern Irish sportsman
  • 1988-01-02 Jonny Evans, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1988-03-05 Trevor Carson, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1989-05-04 Rory McIlroy, Northern Irish professional golfer (Number 1 for 95 weeks), born in Holywood, Northern Ireland

Famous Weddings

Famous Deaths