Britain apologizes for Irish potato famine
The Associated Press dispatch from Dublin, Ireland, on June 3, 1997, struck a chord in the hearts of Irish men and women around the world. Here was the prime minister of Great Britain making a statement about the Irish potato famine, the likes of which no British official had made for 150 years. After all this time came an admission of responsibility for the Irish potato famine of 1845-1850 that claimed more than 1 million lives and sent millions more fleeing their country for America, Canada, Australia and other countries. "Those who governed in London at the time," said Prime Minister Tony Blair, "failed their people through standing by while a crop failure turned into a massive human tragedy.