Today in Celtic History
August 29, 1975

Eamon de Valera - 3rd President of Ireland.

August 29, 1975

Eamon DeValera, Irish statesman, died

Eamon de Valera (born Edward George de Valera, sometimes Gaelicised Eamonn de Bhaileara; October 14, 1882 ? August 29, 1975), was an Irish politician, best known as a leader of Ireland's struggle for independence from Britain in the early 20th Century, and the Republican anti-Treaty opposition in the ensuing Irish Civil War.

At various times a mathematician, teacher and a politician, he served as Irish head of government on three occasions, as second President of the Executive Council (original name for the prime minister) and the first Taoiseach (prime ministerial title after 1937). He ended his political career as President of Ireland, serving two terms from 1959 until 1973. Eamon de Valera was also the Chancellor of the National University of Ireland from 1922 until 1975.

Revered and despised in equal measure throughout Ireland, during his lifetime and posthumously, Eamon de Valera is generally regarded as the most influential person in the history of 20th Century Ireland.

What else happened today on August 29

August 29, 1729
Birth of David La Touche, banking magnate and MP
August 29, 1797
"Battle of Tranent" in which a demonstration against conscription under the Militia Act was broken up by the Cinque Ports Dragoons and East Lothian Yeomanry with the death of, 12 participants.
August 29, 1798
Cornwallis reaches Tuam
August 29, 1803
Samuel Neilson, co-founder of the United Irishmen, dies
August 29, 1844
Death of Edmund Ignatius Rice, founder of the Irish Christian Brothers Order
August 29, 1871
Birth of Jack B. Yeats, painter and author, in London
August 29, 1890
The Science and Art Museum and The National Library of Ireland open
August 29, 1930
Island of St Kilda evacuated.