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This Day the 18th of December in Irish History.

In the year: 1798
James Henry, physician and classical scholar, is born in Dublin

In the year: 1998
The Loyalist Volunteer Force becomes the first terrorist group in Northern Ireland to decommission some of its weapons

In the year: 1801
John Hely-Hutchinson Jr, MP for Cork Borough, is created Baron Hutchinson of Alexandria and Knocklofty for his military service

In the year: 2002
According to the latest census figures, the prospect of a Catholic majority in Northern Ireland is fast becoming a reality

In the year: 1980
Prisoners in Armagh and Long Kesh end their hunger strike on promises of political status. The promises are not kept

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