Today in Celtic History
February 20, 1941

Eric Liddell.

February 20, 1941


Eric Liddell, "Chariots of Fire" died.


Eric Liddell, "Chariots of Fire" athlete, winner of 1924 Olympics 400 metres, died in Japanese internment camp in China.

Eric Henry Liddell was born on the 16th January 1902 in Tientsin (Tianjin) in North China, second son of the Rev & Mrs James Dunlop Liddell who were missionaries with the London Mission Society. His family returned to Scotland when he was five years

What else happened today on February 21

February 21, 1760
François Thurot lands French forces at Carrickfergus in Belfast Lough, increasing English anxiety about an Irish-Catholic alliance with the French.
February 21, 1775
Edward Denny, MP for Tralee, Ireland, commits suicide
February 21, 1803
Edward Despard, Irish republican, executed for attempted overthrow of British Crown.
February 21, 1804
Richard Trevithick Cornish inventor and engineer demonstrated the first steam driven locomotive, Penydarren, Wales, died.
February 21, 1822
Birth in Dublin of Richard Southwell Bourke, 6th Earl of Mayo; Viceroy and Governor-General of India
February 21, 1842
Intercity railway between Glasgow and Edinburgh opened by Queen Victoria.
February 21, 1893
Peadar O'Donnell, revolutionary and writer, is born in Co. Donegal
February 21, 1952
Identity cards, introduced at a wartime security measure, were abolished in Britain.