1667 – Birth in Dublin of Jonathan Swift, poet, satirist and clergyman.
1670 – Birth of rationalist philosopher, freethinker and occasional satirist, John Toland, in Inishowen, Co Donegal. He wrote numerous books and pamphlets on political philosophy and philosophy of religion.He also produced some highly controversial polemics, including the Treatise of the Three Impostors, in which Christianity, Judaism and Islam are all condemned as the three great political frauds. The Treatise of the Three Imposters was rumoured to exist in manuscript form since the Middle Ages and excoriated throughout all of Europe. It is now thought that the work did not exist.
1864 – Cork-born Confederate General Patrick Cleburne is killed in command of his division at a battle in Franklin, Tennessee.
1869 – Birth of James Hamilton, 3rd Duke of Abercorn and first Governor of Northern Ireland.
1900 – Death of Oscar Wilde in Paris.
1909 – Lloyd George’s…
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