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Friday, 31 May 2019


Available for freelance writing commissions on a variety of subjects including family history, nostalgic Belfast and its famous people, shops, shoppers & shopping, the golden age of Hollywood (esp westerns) and humorous pieces on life's weird and wonderful. Op-eds, columns, non-fiction book reviews too. & @JoeCushnan


1 - 60 years ago, Juke Box Jury first aired on the BBC.

2 - 50 years ago, John Lennon and Yoko Ono recorded Give Peace a Chance during their 'bed-in' in a Montreal hotel.

4 – 30 years ago saw the massacre of hundreds of people in Tiananmen Square.

8 – 70 years ago, George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four was published.

11 – 40 years ago, supreme star of westerns, John Wayne died at 72.

11 - 50 years ago, the western True Grit was released, earning John Wayne an Oscar.

12 – 90 years ago, famed diarist and tragic Holocaust victim, Anne Frank, was born. Died 1945.

14 – 100 years ago, actor/director Sam Wanamaker was born. Died 1993.

14/15 -  100 years ago, John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown piloted the first non-stop transatlantic flight from Newfoundland to Galway. 

16 – Father’s Day. Well, we all have a story……….

16 – 60 years ago, TV’s Superman, George Reeves, died in mysterious circumstances.

22 – 50 years ago, actress and singer, Judy Garland, died at 47.

25 - 10 years ago, Michael Jackson died at 50.

26 - 60 years ago, the 'Oirish' fillum Darby O'Gill and the Little People was released.

29 – 100 years ago, actor and western stalwart Slim Pickens was born.

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