Dublin, Ireland (JFK+50) At a meeting of the first Dail Elreann in the Mansion House here in Dublin, the Irish proclaimed their independence 95 years ago today, January 21, 1919.
The declaration reads...
"Where as the Irish People is by right a free people.
And where as the Irish Republic was proclaimed in Dublin on Easter Monday, 1916, by the Irish Republican Army, acting on behalf of the Irish people
Now....we, the elected representatives of the ancient Irish People in National Parliament assembled, do, in the name of the Irish Nation, ratify the establishment of the Irish Republic and pledge ourselves and our people to make this declaration...effective."*
MISS SAM LIFTED OFF 54 YEARS AGO TODAY
Wallops Island, Virginia (JFK+50) Miss Sam, a six pound rhesus monkey, lifted off successfully 54 years ago today, January 21, 1960, aboard Little Joe 1B in a test of the Mercury spacecraft.
Miss Sam, named after the Air Force School of Aviation Medicine, lifted off from here on Wallops Island.
Miss Sam's spacecraft reached an altitude of nine miles.
The flight lasted 58 minutes and the spacecraft and Miss Sam were recovered in the Atlantic Ocean by a United States Marine helicopter.
Johnson Space Center
NASA Photo (1963)
FLAG OF QUEBEC IS ADOPTED IN CANADA 66 YEARS AGO TODAY
Quebec City, Canada (JFK+50) The flag of Quebec was adopted today here in Quebec City and was flown for the first time over the National Assembly 66 years ago today, January 21, 1948.
The flag consists of a white cross taken from the ancient royal flags of France and white fleurs-de-lis and a blue field from a banner honoring the Virgin Mary.