#OTD in Irish History – 24 February:

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

1582 – Pope Gregory XIII announces the new Gregorian calendar, replacing the Julian calendar.

1692 – The Treaty of Limerick is ratified by William of Orange.

1721 – Birth of physician and politician, John McKinly, in Ireland (Ulster). He emigrated to Wilmington, Delaware in 1742 and was a veteran of the French and Indian War. McKinly served in the Delaware General Assembly, was the first elected President of Delaware, and for a time was a member of the Federalist Party.

1780 – A British Act opens colonial trade to Irish goods.

1797 – Birth of writer, artist, musician and songwriter, Samuel Lover, in Dublin. Lover produced a number of Irish songs, of which several – including The Angel’s Whisper, Molly Bawn, and The Four-leaved Shamrock – attained great popularity. He also wrote novels, of which Rory O’Moore (in its first form a ballad), and Handy Andy are the best known…

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