This day in history: On April 24, 1916, the Easter Rising in Dublin, Ireland began. The rising was an armed rebellion of several groups attempting to establish an independent Irish republic. It was quickly suppressed by the British army and the primary leaders were executed. Although unsuccessful in its practical aims, the rebellion kindled the viability of physical force republicanism and the date acquired a talismanic quality, with celebrations and commemorative rituals becoming historical signifiers in their own right. Our new reading room exhibit goes into more detail, so stop in some time soon!