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25 DECEMBER

REBEL SLAVE PLOTTERS SEIZED, HUNG AND THEIR HEADS IMPALED ON POLES

[ 25 December 1801 ]

About 120 slaves on two Tobago plantations, Bacolet and Belvedere, planned to launch a surprise uprising on Christmas Day evening 1801.

A BLEAK FAMINE CHRISTMAS UNDER BRITISH RULE IN IRELAND

[ 25 December 1847 ]

Historians refer to the year as ‘Black 47,’ the most terrible of the ‘Great Hunger’ in Ireland with hundreds of thousands succumbing to famine and disease, at the same time as many, who could no longer pay their rents, faced mass evictions from landlords backed by British troops.

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