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1854 Bolton Hall was born in Ireland on this day in 1854. He moved to America with his parents whilst he was a teenager and got a degree at Columbia Law School. Hall was an activist and a leader of various progressive movements.

He was a leader of the American Longshoremen’s Union in New York City to campaign for the rights of maritime workers. Next, Hall established the Vacant Lot Gardening Association which acquired free plots of land. Hall used the land to home families in a tent city.

Free plots of land became more difficult to come by so Hall changed the policy to buying land no further than 90 minutes from New York City. The land was used to train farmers and those that proved skilled and efficient were given their own larger pieces of land to build their own farms.

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1888 Philip Henry Sheridan died on this day in Dartmouth, Massachusetts in 1888. He was the son of Irish immigrants who had travelled to America in the early part of the 19th century. Sheridan had a long and successful career in the US Army. He rose to the rank of General and was a key leader during the American Civil War. Sheridan was a ruthless man and is much remembered for a comment he once made about his opponents when he said: “The only good Indian is a dead one.”

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1901 Irish athlete Peter O’Connor set a new world long jump record on this day in 1901. The Co Wicklow man actually worked as a solicitor but was also a member of the Irish Amateur Athletic Association. O’Connor jumped a massive 24ft 11¾ins to set a new world record.

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O’Connor was one of three Irish athletes sent to represent the country at the 1906 Intercalated Games in Athens. However, they weren’t allowed to compete for Ireland as there was no Irish Olympic Committee.

O’Connor and the other two athletes entered the games as members of the British team. O’Connor competed in the long jump against American athlete Myer Prinstein, whose world record he had broken five years earlier.

The final was only judged by one man, the coach of the American team. O’Connor protested but was overruled. The distances were not announced until all the athletes had jumped. Prinstein was announced the winner with O’Connor in second place.

O’Connor did manage to get his hands on a gold medal though, in the hop, skip and jump event. Fellow Irish athlete Con Leahy got the silver medal. During the flag-raising ceremony, the British flag was raised for the two Irishmen for their medals, as they were part of the British team.

O’Connor climbed the flagpole and waved the Irish flag to the world to celebrate his victory. Security were prevented from stopping O’Connor by his team-mate Leahy who had also won a gold himself in the high jump.

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1934 Happy birthday to Gay Byrne, born in Dublin on this day in 1934. He is a legend of Irish broadcasting and is one of the most recognisable faces in the Irish media. Byrne hosted The Late Late Show for nearly 40 years. Here is a short YouTube playlist of some of the highlights from The Late Late Show, the Gay Byrne years.

Byrne has also hosted several other radio and television shows in Ireland. He hosted the Rose of Tralee competition from 1978 to 1994 and also Who Wants to be a Millionaire? from 2000 to 2002.

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1952 Happy birthday to Louis Walsh, born in Co Mayo on this day in 1952. He is a pop music manager and a television personality. Walsh had great success in the late 1990s with boybands Boyzone and then Westlife. Both were massively popular in both Ireland and Britain, sold millions of records and had countless number ones.

In the early 2000s, Walsh became a regular judge on various TV talent shows such as X Factor and Popstars. He has gone on to manage many of the contestants from these shows, most notably Girls Aloud for a brief period, Shane Ward and Jedward.

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1984 U2 finished recording The Unforgettable Fire on this day in 1984. It was the band’s fourth studio album and they had already become global superstars thanks to hits like New Year’s Day and Sunday Bloody Sunday.

The Unforgettable Fire was another great album from the Dublin rockers and they have since cemented themselves as one of the greatest bands of all time. All four members of U2 have used their high profiles to help worthy causes throughout the years.

Click here to read about Bono busking in Dublin to raise money for a charity for the homeless

Click here to read about Adam Clayton and the Funky Shoe mental health campaign

Click here to read about more great Irish bands

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Did you know?

‘The Irish Robin Hood’ - Redmond O’Hanlon is a legendary figure in Ireland. His ancestors had been a powerful family up until the 17th century, when their land was taken during the Catholic uprising and the Cromwellian invasion. So he became a highwayman. Find out more.

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