24th of November, 1995, Ireland became the last country in Europe to legalise divorce. This occurred because of a referendum to change the constitution – not the first attempt to achieve this.
Opposition in the failed 1986 referendum. X
Divorce had been specifically forbidden in the 1937 Irish constitution. A heavily Catholic country, there was very strong opposition to the legal breakup of a marriage, just as there was when it came to the legalisation of contraception, which was
only made available in the 1980s.
The success of the 1995 referendum was a close thing; the results were just over 50% in favour and 49.79% opposed.
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This photograph is of fireworks over the Washington Monument on the 4th of July, 1986.
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The recovered wreckage in 2007. X
On the 27
th of June, 1980, Aerolinee Itavia Flight 870 disappeared from the sky during a flight from Bologna to Palermo, Italy.
The plane crashed into the Tyrrhenian Sea, killing all eighty-one people on board.
While it was concluded by British investigators that a bomb on the aircraft caused the disaster, to this day Italian officials insist a missile was fired at the plane.
The disaster occurred in the middle of a wave of terrorist acts to hit Italy (such as the
Bologna Bombing), fuelled by far left and right-wing groups in the country’s north.
th June 1986: Anti-divorce poster at the Father Mathew Hall in Ireland on polling day for the Divorce Referendum. The referendum failed, and divorce was not legalised until 1995.
US Marines help at the site of the terrorist bombing of the American embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. The bombing took place
on the 18th of April, 1983; this image is from the 29th.
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This is the first picture taken of the destroyed nuclear reactor in Chernobyl (Chornobyl in Ukrainian), Ukraine. 27
th April, 1986.
Taken from a helicopter flying over to assess the damage, the image is foggy because of radiation.
This is 4pm, fourteen hours after the explosion that immediately killed two, and would be directly responsible for the deaths of another twenty-nine people in the days to come.
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photograph dated the 26th of April, 1988, the massive flagpole is constructed on top of Australia’s new Parliament House in the capital city, Canberra.
The new building was constructed at the time of Australia’s bicentenary, replacing what would become known as
Old Parliament House, the white building at the front of the picture.
New Parliament House was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II on the 9th of May.
The official opening in 1988.
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