The San Joaquin Daylight, a train that ran on America’s Southern Pacific Railway until the creation of Amtrak, photographed in March, 1971.
On the 12th of March, 1985, the government of the Republic of Ireland finally stood up to the powerful Catholic Church and legalised contraception.
The 1970s saw feminists travelling to Belfast in Northern Ireland and returning home with contraceptives, risking arrest for importing illegal products. They were met by protestors upon their arrival home.
Illegal in the Republic in all circumstances until 1980, a new law allowed some contraception to be dispensed by a pharmacist to people with a doctor’s prescription.
This highly restrictive law was finally changed five years later, despite conservative opposition.
Some Americans were so outraged that “Holy Ireland” now allowed contraception, they wrote to the Prime Minister to complain.
Even so, advertising of contraceptives was still banned, and Ireland continued to have one of the highest birth rates in the developed world.
The aftermath of a car bombing carried out by the IRA outside the Old Bailey in London. 8th March, 1973.
Ukrainian sprint canoeist Aleksandr Shaparenko was born in Stepanivka on the 16th of February, 1946.
Competing for the Soviet Union, he won Olympic gold in 1968 and 1972, as well as a silver in the 1968 Games.
Shaparenko also won thirteen World Championship medals, including the gold seven times.
A British soldier chases an unarmed man from the scene. X
Significant because of the high number of civilians who were shot or otherwise injured by British soldiers, thirteen people were killed at the scene, while another died of their injuries a few months later. A further twelve people were injured by gunshots, while others were hurt by vehicle impact, and from being shot at with rubber bullets.
The massacre occurred in the Bogside area of Derry, beginning shortly before 4pm. In the aftermath of the massacre, recruitment for the IRA significantly rose.