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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
24th April 1916: The Easter Rising
The Rising was launched by Irish republicans to end British rule in Ireland and establish an independent Irish Republic while the United Kingdom was heavily engaged in World War I. It was the most significant uprising in Ireland since the rebellion of 1798, and the first armed action of the Irish revolutionary period.
Organised by a seven-man Military Council of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, the Rising began on Easter Monday, 24 April 1916, and lasted for six days. Members of the Irish Volunteers — led by schoolmaster and Irish language activist Patrick Pearse, joined by the smaller Irish Citizen Army of James Connolly and 200 women of Cumann na mBan — seized key locations in Dublin and proclaimed an Irish Republic. The British Army brought in thousands of reinforcements as well as artillery and a gunboat.
There was fierce street fighting on the routes into the city centre, where the rebels put up stiff resistance, slowing the British advance and inflicting heavy casualties. Elsewhere in Dublin, the fighting mainly consisted of sniping and long-range gun battles. The main rebel positions were gradually surrounded and bombarded with artillery. There were isolated actions in other parts of Ireland, with attacks on the Royal Irish Constabulary barracks at Ashbourne, County Meath and in County Galway, and the seizure of the town of Enniscorthy, County Wexford. Germany agreed to send an arms shipment to the rebels, but the British had intercepted it just before the Rising began. Volunteer leader Eoin MacNeill had then issued a countermand in a bid to halt the Rising, which greatly reduced the number of rebels who mobilised.
With much greater numbers and heavier weapons, the British Army suppressed the Rising. Pearse agreed to an unconditional surrender on Saturday 29 April, although sporadic fighting continued until Sunday, when word reached the other rebel positions. After the surrender the country remained under martial law. About 3,500 people were taken prisoner by the British, many of whom had played no part in the Rising, and 1,800 of them were sent to internment camps or prisons in Britain. Most of the leaders of the Rising were executed following courts-martial.
The Rising brought armed-bvresistance republicanism back to dominate Irish politics, which for nearly 50 years had been mainly democratic constitutional nationalism. The Rising itself was not popularly supported, but the British reaction to it led to vastly increased popular support for Irish independence. In December 1918, republicans, represented by the reconstituted Sinn Féin party, won a landslide victory in the general election to the British Parliament. They did not take their seats, but instead convened the First Dáil and declared the independence of the Irish Republic, which led to the War of Independence.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
The Milk Run
Twitter Followers = 2,192 (up 8)
Never-followed unfollowers eliminated = 1
Followed unfollowers eliminated = 3
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The last 24 hours have been a string of events that have had no significant impact but I would have preferred not to occur. These include early waking, urine boners, no rapport with colleagues and a fall-out with a supervisor at the Weekend Job, and losing some worthy tweeps and gaining a whole host of useless ones. Fortunately, these things are not affecting me as they would have done in previous years.
These days, I'm far too single-minded and determined to be distracted just because unpreferred events occur. My mind still wanders into dark places but soon gets pulled back again from these "daymares" and I don't overthink things. With the core of my life untouched, I simply continue to plough my chosen furrow, somewhat chuffed at my more robust nature.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
How do you react to adverse circumstances?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry, cloudy, cold wind
1020 millibars and falling slightly
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
I’m right 97% of the time…who cares about the other 4% :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Victoria Wood - Menopause and Health Food Shops Live at the Albert 2001
On average, female babies spend a day longer in the womb than male babies. White babies, on average, spend five days longer inside their mothers than black babies, while Indian babies spend six days longer in the womb than white babies.
9. ZEN WISDOM
It is important to keep the promises made to friends. This is the true meaning of friendship. To become people who can do so, however, we must first learn to keep the promises we have made to ourselves.