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Hugh (Hughie) Kelly was born in Valleyfield Fife on 23rd July 1923. He played football for Jeanfield Swifts before Joe Smith, the manager of Blackpool, bought him in 1943.

In the 1947-48 season Blackpool beat Chester (4-0), Colchester United (5-0), Fulham (2-0), Tottenham Hotspur (3-1) to reach the final of the FA Cup. However, Blackpool lost the game 4-2 to Manchester United.

In the 1950-51 season Blackpool finished in 3rd place in the First Division of the Football League. Blackpool beat Stockport County (2-1), Mansfield Town (2-0), Fulham (1-0) and Birmingham City (2-1) to reach the final of the FA Cup. Newcastle United won the game 2-0.

Hughie Kelly won his first and only international cap for Scotland against the USA on 30th April 1952. Scotland won the game 6-0 but Kelly never played for his country again.

Joe Smith had built a very good team that included Stanley Matthews, Stan Mortensen, Harry Johnson and Bill Perry. In the 1952-53 season beat Huddersfield Town (1-0), Southampton (2-1), Arsenal (2-1) and Tottenham Hotspur (2-1) to reach the FA Cup final for the third time in five years. Unfortunately for Hughie Kelly he was injured and was unable to play in Blackpool's 4-3 victory.

In the 1955-56 season Blackpool finished 2nd in the First Division of the Football League. Kelly remained with the club until 1961 when he became player-manager of Ashton United.

In 1963 Hughie Kelly became a grocer in Blackpool.


Hughie Kelly - History

Updated version of the original stats made by Levin

Country: Scotland
Club: Blackpool FC
Position: * DMF , CB
Side: LF/BS
Age: 25-30 years (23/07/1923)

Height: 177 cm
Weight: 72 kg

Attack: 69
Defence: 83
Balance: 86
Stamina: 84
Top Speed: 81
Acceleration: 78
Response: 83
Agility: 77
Dribble Accuracy: 77
Dribble Speed: 75
Short Pass Accuracy: 84
Short Pass Speed: 79
Long Pass Accuracy: 82
Long Pass Speed: 76
Shot Accuracy: 67
Shot Power: 80
Shot Technique: 66
Free Kick Accuracy: 65
Curling: 67
Header: 80
Jump: 83
Technique: 78
Aggression: 67
Mentality: 87
Goalkeeper Skills: 50
Team Work: 83

Injury Tolerance: A
Condition/Fitness: 7
Weak Foot Accuracy: 6
Weak Foot Frequency: 5
Consistency: 7
Growth Type: Standard/Lasting

CARDS:
P14 : Enforcer
S08 : Slide Tackle
S09 : Covering

SPECIAL ABILITIES: Sliding

Attack/Defence Awareness Card: Defence Minded

Hugh Kelly was skipper of the finest Blackpool side in the club's 113-year Football League history, an exhilarating team which finished as runners-up to the champions, Manchester United, in 1955-56 and contained as its jewel the wondrous Stanley Matthews, at that time the most famous player in the world. Not that fame was any sort of spur for the engagingly modest Kelly, an unflinchingly steely defensive wing-half who, if he was performing today, would be termed a "holding midfielder".

For all his sustained and integral contribution to the Seasiders' cause – between his debut in 1946 and his exit from Bloomfield Road a decade and a half later he made 470 senior appearances – the Scottish international one-club man was essentially unobtrusive. His way was to win the vast majority of his tackles through a combination of excellent timing and iron resolve, then to distribute the ball unfussily, and usually with the utmost accuracy, to more extravagantly gifted colleagues.


Hughie Kelly RIP

The death has occurred today (Tuesday 2nd April 2013) of Hughie Kelly aged 85 years.

Hughie Kelly was the Honorary President of Strabane Sigersons for many years having won a Tyrone Senior Championship medal with the great Strabane Lámh Dhearg side of 1945 that defeated Dungannon to win the O’Neill Cup. At just eighteen years of age he played alongside the likes of Frank Harte, James MacIntyre, George McGill, Sean Small, Dermot Gallagher, Tommy Barnes, Eddie Lynch, Josel McNulty, Dermot Harkin, Seamus Garvey and Liam McDevitt.

A native of Urney he was a great servant to both the Strabane and Urney clubs for many years and was also was a member of the breakthrough Tyrone side of 1956 that won the county’s first ever Ulster Senior Football Championship title (Anglo Celt Cup). He had played with Tyrone since 1945 and was somewhat of a veteran of the 1956 side playing alongside greats such as Jody O’Neill, Frankie Donnelly, Iggy Jones Thady Turbett, Jim Devlin, John-Joe O’Hagan, Pat Donaghy, Jackie Taggart, Mick Cushnahan and Donal Donnelly.

He was renowned for being a tough no nonsense footballer who was known far and wide and even after his playing career finished he went on to serve the G.A.A. as a referee and also as a very capable administrator serving as Chairperson of the West Tyrone Board from 1953-1958 and for several years was the Ulster Council delegate for Tyrone.

In 2011 Hughie Kelly was presented with the Hall of Fame Award at the People First Sports Awards organised by Strabane District Sports Forum for his services to the G.A.A.

Hughie Kelly was a legend in North Tyrone via his involvement in the G.A.A. with his native Urney, Strabane and Tyrone and will be sorely missed by all who knew him – Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Hughie pictured when the Sam Maguire Cup made its first ever visit to Strabane Sigersons clubrooms, Brian Dooher and Conor Gormley are alongside him.


Gravitated Toward Artistic Group

Lee-Smith was still a child during the Harlem Renaissance, a period of heightened literary and artistic activity among African Americans centered in New York City ’ s Harlem during the 1920s. In the 1940s, he gravitated toward an artistic group that met at the Southside Community Art Center in Chicago. It included painter Rex Goreleigh, as well as poet Gwendolyn Brooks. Around the same time, Lee-Smith met artist Joseph Hirsch, who has seen the young painter ’ s work in Chicago and later saw to his admission to the prestigious National Academy of Design. Lee-Smith served on the academy ’ s council over forty years later.

To support himself as an artist during the 1930s and 1940s, Lee-Smith worked for the Ohio Works Progress Administration (WPA) and at the Ford factory in River Rouge while turning out a series of lithographic prints. He received an award from the Cleveland Museum for freehand drawing in 1938 and for his lithographs in 1939 and 1940. Commenting on the style of the lithographs, James Porter wrote in Modern Negro Art, “ Lee-Smith takes huge delight in hisexpert ability as a draftsman, and for him line and form are the essence of the picture. Into this mold he pours all the exciting experience that his mind can call up--sometimes with startling results. ”


2001: Sued by intern

Tracy Sampson sues R. Kelly, accusing him of inducing her "into an indecent sexual relationship" when she was 17 years old.

The woman, a former intern at Epic Records, claimed she was "treated as his personal sex object and cast aside".

"He often tried to control every aspect of my life including who I would see and where I would go," she said in her legal case against him. The case was settled out of court for an undisclosed sum, said the New York Post.


Huey Long

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Huey Long, in full Huey Pierce Long, (born August 30, 1893, near Winnfield, Louisiana, U.S.—died September 10, 1935, Baton Rouge, Louisiana), flamboyant and demagogic governor of Louisiana and U.S. senator whose social reforms and radical welfare proposals were ultimately overshadowed by the unprecedented executive dictatorship that he perpetrated to ensure control of his home state.

In spite of an impoverished background, young Long managed to obtain enough formal schooling to pass the bar examination in 1915. He was politically ambitious and won election to the state railroad commission at age 25. In this post his calls for the equitable regulation of the state utility companies and his attacks on Standard Oil earned him widespread popularity. He ran for the Louisiana governorship in 1924 and was defeated, but in 1928 he won the governorship through the heavy support of the discontented rural districts. His picturesque if irreverent speech, fiery oratory, and unconventional buffoonery soon made him nationally famous, and he was widely known by his nickname, “Kingfish.” Long made a genuine contribution with an ambitious program of public works and welfare legislation in a state whose road system and social services had been sadly neglected by the wealthy elite that had long controlled the state government. Always the champion of poor whites, he effected a free-textbook law, launched a massive and very useful program of road and bridge building, expanded state university facilities, and erected a state hospital where free treatment for all was intended. He was opposed to excessive privileges for the rich, and he financed his improvements with increased inheritance and income taxes as well as a severance tax on oil—earning him the bitter enmity of the wealthy and of the oil interests.

Long’s folksy manner and sympathy for the underprivileged diverted attention from his ruthless autocratic methods. Surrounding himself with gangsterlike bodyguards, he dictated outright to members of the legislature, using intimidation if necessary. When he was about to leave office to serve in the U.S. Senate (1932), he fired the legally elected lieutenant governor and replaced him with two designated successors who would obey him from Washington. In order to fend off local challenges to his control in 1934, he effected radical changes in the Louisiana government, abolishing local government and taking personal control of all educational, police, and fire job appointments throughout the state. He achieved absolute control of the state militia, judiciary, and election and tax-assessing apparatus, while denying citizens any legal or electoral redress.

In the Senate (1932–35) he sought national power with a “Share-the-Wealth” program (“every man a king”), which was tempting to the Great Depression-shocked public. In 1934 he transformed his proposed program into a national crusade by establishing the Share-Our-Wealth Society, inviting Americans everywhere to organize local branches. Had Long been able to unite the various nationwide radical movements, a private poll taken in the spring of 1935 estimated that he would have won up to four million votes in the next year’s presidential election, thus wielding a balance of power between the two major parties.

Long was at the height of his power when assassinated by Carl Austin Weiss, the son of a man whom he had vilified. The Long political dynasty was carried on by his brother Earl K. Long, who served as governor (1939–40, 1948–52, and 1956–60), and his son, Russell B. Long, who served in the U.S. Senate from 1948 to 1987.

This article was most recently revised and updated by Jeff Wallenfeldt, Manager, Geography and History.


Kelly History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Irish name Kelly has a long Gaelic heritage to its credit. The original Gaelic form of the name Kelly is O Ceallaigh or Mac Ceallaigh. These names denote descendants of Ceallach. This personal name may be derived from the word "ceallach," which means "strife."

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Early Origins of the Kelly family

The surname Kelly was first found in southwest Ireland, south of Dublin where they held a family seat from very ancient times. The Kelly surname is conjecturally descended from King Colla da Crioch, who died in 357 A.D.

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Early History of the Kelly family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kelly research. Another 112 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1518, 1238, 1253, 1555, 1597, 1621, 1695, 1701, 1690 and 1699 are included under the topic Early Kelly History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kelly Spelling Variations

Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name Kelly dating from that time include Kelly, Kellie, O'Kelly, O'Killia and others.

Early Notables of the Kelly family (pre 1700)

Prominent amongst the family at this time was Daniel MacKelly Sir Edward Kelley or Kelly, also known as Edward Talbot (1555-1597), Irish occultist and self-declared spirit medium Charles O’Kelly (1621-1695) was an Irish soldier and writer from Aughrim, County Galway and James Gilliam, also known as James Kelly, (died 1701), an English pirate active in the Indian Ocean during the 1690s and was.
Another 62 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kelly Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kelly migration +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kelly Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Brian Kelly, who purchased land in Virginia in 1635
  • Bryan Kelly, who landed in Maryland in 1635 [1]
  • Abraham Kelly, who landed in Virginia in 1640 [1]
  • Abel Kelly, who was on record in Salem, Massachusetts in 1641
  • Abel Kelly, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1641 [1]
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Kelly Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Edmond Kelly, who arrived in Virginia in 1704 [1]
  • Arthur Kelly, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [1]
  • Katherine Kelly, who landed in Virginia in 1741 [1]
  • Luke Kelly, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745 [1]
  • Martin Kelly, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 [1]
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Kelly Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • David Kelly and his wife Mary settled with their six children in New York in 1804
  • Mark Kelly, aged 30, who landed in New York, NY in 1804 [1]
  • Anne Kelly, who landed in America in 1805 [1]
  • Darby Kelly, who landed in New York, NY in 1810 [1]
  • Bartholomew Kelly, who arrived in America in 1811 [1]
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Kelly Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Barton Cain Kelly, who landed in Alabama in 1913 [1]
  • Mary Ann Kelly, who arrived in Alabama in 1929 [1]

Kelly migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kelly Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Kelly William U.E. who settled in Bell Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [2]
  • Mr. Kelly John U.E. (b. 1746) who settled in Parr Town [Saint John], New Brunswick c. 1784 he died in Saint John in 1827 he was blind for the last 16 years of his life [2]
  • Mr. Kelly Joseph U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. Kelly Martin U.E. (b. 1740) born in Northern Ireland from Albany, New York, USA who settled in Pointe Saint -Pierre, Gaspé, Quebec in 1784, then Eastern District, Edwardsburgh Township he enlisted in 1776 serving in the Kings Loyal Rangers, Jessups Loyal Rangers and Grenville Ontario Militia, he was married with 3 children, he died in 1811 [2]
  • Mr. Kelly William U.E. (b. 1752) who settled in Parr Town [Saint John], New Brunswick c. 1784 he died in 1826 [2]
Kelly Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Walter Kelly, who settled in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1806
  • Margaret Kelly, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1810
  • John Kelly, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1826
  • Eleanor Kelly, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1829
  • Mary Kelly, aged 20, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
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Kelly migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Kelly Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Kelly, Irish convict who was convicted in Dublin, Ireland for life, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 29th November 1801, arriving in New South Wales, Australia[3]
  • Mr. Thomas Kelly, Irish convict who was convicted in Kilkenny, Ireland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Boyd" on 10th March 1809, arriving in New South Wales, Australia[4]
  • Miss Ann Kelly, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Canada" in March 1810, arriving in New South Wales, Australia[5]
  • Miss Catherine Kelly, (b. 1789), aged 24, Irish convict who was convicted in Dublin, Ireland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Catherine" on 8th December 1813, arriving in New South Wales, Australia[6]
  • Miss Margaret Kelly, (b. 1773), aged 40, Irish convict who was convicted in Dublin, Ireland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Catherine" on 8th December 1813, arriving in New South Wales, Australia[6]
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Kelly migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Kelly Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • J Kelly, who landed in Hokianga, New Zealand in 1831
  • Thomas Kelly, who landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836
  • Mr. John Kelly, Cornish settler travelling from Launceston, UK aboard the ship "Brazil Packet" arriving in Hokianga, North Island, New Zealand in 1836 [7]
  • Joseph Kelly, who landed in Wairarapa, New Zealand in 1840
  • Maurice Kelly, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
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Contemporary Notables of the name Kelly (post 1700) +

  • Jonathan Kelly (1947-2020), born Jonathan Ledingham, an Irish folk rock singer-songwriter from Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland
  • Frank Kelly (1938-2016), Irish actor, singer and writer, best known for his starring role as Father Jack Hackett in the sitcom Father Ted
  • Able Seaman Thomas Raymond Kelly GC (1928-1947), posthumously awarded the George Cross for courage
  • Rt. Hon. Basil Kelly (1920-2008), Judge of the High court of Justice in Northern Ireland
  • Noel Kelly (1936-2020), Australian professional rugby league footballer and coach
  • Paula Kelly (1943-2020), American dancer, singer, and actress in films, television and theatre from Jacksonville, Florida
  • Mr. John William Kelly M.B.E., British recipient of Member of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to the Motor Industry in Great Britain and Northern Ireland and to the community in North Belfast [8]
  • Leonard Patrick "Red" Kelly CM (1927-2019), Canadian professional ice hockey player and coach from Simcoe, Ontario, eight-time Stanley Cup winner, named one of the '100 Greatest NHL Players'
  • Edward "Ned" Kelly (1855-1880), Australian bushranger, gang leader and convicted police murderer, known for wearing a suit of bulletproof armour during his final shootout with the police
  • Helen Kelly (1964-2016), New Zealand trade unionist, President of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions from 2007 to 2015
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Historic Events for the Kelly family +

Halifax Explosion
  • Mrs. Isabella  Kelly (1873-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [9]
  • Mr. Francis  Kelly (1894-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [9]
  • Master Clifford  Kelly (1917-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [9]
Hillsborough disaster
  • Michael David Kelly (1951-1989), English warehouse man who was attending the FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough Stadium, in Sheffield, Yorkshire when the stand allocated area became overcrowded and 96 people were crushed in what became known as the Hillsborough disaster and he died from his injuries [10]
  • Anthony Peter Kelly (1959-1989), English football supporter who was attending the FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough Stadium, in Sheffield, Yorkshire when the stand allocated area became overcrowded and 96 people were crushed in what became known as the Hillsborough disaster and he died from his injuries [10]
HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. Neville Andrew Kelly (1921-1941), Australian Stoker 2nd Class from Campsie, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [11]
  • Mr. James Vincent Kelly (1922-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Burnley, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [11]
HMS Cornwall
  • Johnstone Kelly (d. 1942), British Stoker 1st Class aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk he died in the sinking [12]
HMS Dorsetshire
  • Bill Kelly, British aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk he survived the sinking [13]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Robert Kelly (b. 1903), Irish Stoker Petty Officer serving for the Royal Navy from Londonderry, County Londonderry, Ireland, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [14]
  • Mr. John Kelly (b. 1920), Scottish Ordnance Artificer 4th Class serving for the Royal Navy from Carlisle, Cumberland, Scotland, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [14]
  • Mr. Jack V K Kelly (b. 1918), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Bath, Somerset, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [14]
  • Mr. Cornelius Kelly (b. 1914), English Ordinary Signalman serving for the Royal Navy from Blackburn, Lancashire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [14]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. William H Kelly, British S , who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [15]
  • Mr. James Kelly, British Leading Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, died whilst a Prisoner of War in Sumatra in 1943 [15]
  • Mr. Ernest Kelly, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [15]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Horace A.G. Kelly, British Musician with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk he survived the sinking [16]
Lady of the Lake
  • Mr. Owen Kelly (b. 1814), Irish tailor from Malin Head, Ireland who sailed aboard the "Lady of the Lake" from Greenock, Scotland on 8th April 1833 to Quebec, Canada when the ship hit ice and sunk of the coast of Newfoundland on the 11th May 1833 and he died in the sinking
Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)
  • Julianne Frances Kelly (1968-1988), American Student from Dedham, Massachusetts, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died [17]
RMS Lusitania
  • Miss Marie Kelly, Irish 3rd Class passenger residing in Boston, Massachusetts, USA returning to Ireland, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered [18]
  • Mr. Sidney Crawford Kelly, English Intermediate 5th Engineer from Seacombe, Cheshire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [19]
  • Mr. Alfred Aloysius Kelly, English Scullion from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [19]
  • Mr. John Kelly, English Fireman from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [19]
  • Mr. Thomas Kelly, English Fireman from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [19]
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RMS Titanic
  • Mr. James Kelly (d. 1912), aged 44, English Greaser from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [20]
  • Mr. William Kelly (d. 1912), aged 23, Irish Assistant Electrician from Dublin, Ireland who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [20]
  • Mr. James Kelly (d. 1912), aged 19, Irish Third Class passenger from Unknown who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett [20]
  • Mr. James Kelly (d. 1912), aged 44, Irish Third Class passenger from Leixlip, Kildare who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [20]
  • Miss Anna Katherine Kelly, aged 20, Irish Third Class passenger from Cuilmullagh, Co Mayo who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived in the sinking in life boat 16 [20]
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USS Arizona
  • Mr. Robert Lee Kelly, American Chief Electrician's Mate-Assigned from California, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [21]

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The Kelly Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Turris Fortis Mihi Deus
Motto Translation: God is a strong tower to me.


Movies and Career Highlights: &aposSingin&apos in the Rain&apos

While he often was compared to another famous film dancer, Fred Astaire, Kelly had his own unique style. He brought dance into real life in his movies, performing largely in regular clothes and in common settings. "All of my dancing came out of the idea of the common man," Kelly once explained. He also produced some of film&aposs most innovative and enthusiastic dance numbers, pushing the limits of the genre.

In Anchors Aweigh (1945), Kelly danced a duet with Jerry, a cartoon mouse𠅊 feat that had not been seen before. He had sailors performing ballet moves in On the Town (1949), in which he starred with Frank Sinatra. Working with director Vincente Minnelli, Kelly continued to take dance on film into uncharted territory with An American in Paris (1951). He choreographed the movie, including its groundbreaking finale𠅊 lengthy ballet sequence. For his efforts on the film, Kelly received an honorary Academy Award "in appreciation of his versatility as an actor, singer, director and dancer, and specifically for his brilliant achievements in the art of choreography on film."

The following year, Kelly co-directed with Stanley Donen, choreographed and starred in Singin&apos in the Rain (1952), one of his most famous films. As silent film star Don Lockwood, Kelly sang and danced in the rain, cleverly using an umbrella as a prop in what would become one of the most memorable musical performances in movie history. He explained that his inspiration for the famous dance scene was the way children like to play in the rain.

Kelly followed his most celebrated screen role by appearing in more musical films including Brigadoon (1954), Deep in My Heart (1954), It&aposs Always Fair Weather (1955 which he directed with Donen), Invitation to the Dance (1956 which he also directed) and Les Girls (1957). In 1960, he co-starred with Natalie Wood in the romantic drama Marjorie Morningstar. 


Family of Barry Gibb, the only surviving member of the Bee Gees

Barry Alan Gibb was known famously as a central member of the phenomenal family band Bee Gees. He is one of the most successful songwriters in the British music history with his signature falsetto. If there is one word that can adequately define his decades–long career, it would be “versatile” as he was known for the ease at which he adapted his style and music so he remained ever relevant in the always-changing industry.

Barry and his two immediate younger brothers grew up committing petty crimes such as arson and they ended up falling in love with music together. Their family was always moving and finally they found themselves in Australia where they started their professional career. With record sales estimate exceeding hundreds of millions, the pop band became one of the most successful pop groups of all time and each of the band members did well as solo artists.

Date of Birth: September 1, 1946

Zodiac Sign: Virgo

The One Night Only crooner today says he does not do anything that could risk his life like driving fast or going on a rollercoaster because he has been through so much and is now living within a safety zone. It’s indeed devastating to be without the rest of his brothers but he is grateful for life and the amazing people he has around him. Barry didn’t succeed with his first marriage but he has been with one woman for decades now and can boast of a stable family with children and grandchildren. Read on as we take you through the lives of the Gibbs family members.

Hugh Leslie Gibb (father)

Date of Birth: January 15, 1916

Date of Death: March 6, 1992 (aged 76)

Zodiac Sign: Capricorn

Hugh can be said to be the reason why most of his children have an artistic side as he is a drummer and bandleader himself. He never really recovered from Andy’s death and alcohol became his solace. After years of heavy drinking, he died in 1992 the day after his Andrew would have clocked 34.

Barbara Gibb (mother)

(L-R) Barry, Maurice, Barbara, Robin

Date of Birth: November 17, 1920

Date of Death: August 12, 2016 (aged 95)

Zodiac Sign: Scorpio

She unarguably birthed one of the most respected pop bands of her era but her life in a nutshell was marred with several tragedies – she witnessed the death of most of her children! Barbara met Hugh one night when she went to see the Hughie Gibb Orchestra. The drummer took one look at her, escorted her home and the rest they say is history they were married by May 27, 1944. Before she met Gibb, Barbara was a dance band vocalist but it all ended after they wedded as her husband said one musician was enough for the family. Today we see that High had no idea the kind of children he would father.

Andy Gibb with mother and father

She and her husband initially managed their sons’ career while it was still growing but had to hand over to a professional as the Bee Gees started topping Australian charts. Since then, Barbara remained ever supportive of all her kids and passed on of natural causes at an old age in 2016. She was indeed a ‘rock’ as many referred to her as because of how strong she remained despite her tumultuous life.

Lesley Evans (nee Gibb) (elder sister from same parents)

Date of Birth: January 12, 1945

Zodiac Sign: Capricorn

Lesley was never outrightly a member of the pop group but she performed with her brothers once in 1969. She married Keith Evans, an Australian salesman and is now a mother to seven. We guess she wasn’t made for the spotlight like the other Gibbs. According to her, it was brilliant growing up in a household filled with music and love and she could pass for the secret fourth member of the Bee Gees.

Robin Hugh Gibb (younger brother from same parents)

Date of Birth: December 22, 1949

Date of Death: May 20, 2012 (aged 62)

Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius

He was successful in his solo career but was mostly famous for being a lead vocalist for the pop trio. Molly Hullis was his first wife with whom he had two children, Spencer (born 1972) and Mellissa (born 1974) before their 1980 divorce. Robin was a vibrato vocalist and instrumentalist and his last stage performance was at a February 2012 charity concert for women in London. He died at 62 from colorectal cancer complications and is survived by his second wife, Dwina Murphy and three children including Robin-John (born 1983), his son with Murphy.

Maurice Gibb (younger brother from same parents)

(L-R) Maurice, Robin and Barry

Date of Birth: December 22, 1949

Date of Death: January 12, 2003 (aged 53)

Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius

Maurice is 35 minutes younger than his fraternal twin Robin and was last member of the Bee Gees until he died. Maurice though with a lower profile than his brothers was loved for his sense of humour and equally fine musical talent. He married fellow pop star Lulu in 1969 but their union did not last for so long as he was still big on the partying lifestyle. He always had problems with alcohol and the death of his younger brother in 1988 only made it worse. It took some time to tame his demons but they eventually contributed to his own death. He passed away of complications from a twisted intestine survived by his second wife Yvonne Spenceley and two children, Adam and Samantha.

Andy Gibb (younger brother from same parents)

Date of Birth: March 5, 1958

Date of Death: March 10, 1988 (aged 30)

Zodiac Sign: Pisces

Andrew was the youngest and another good looking Gibbs. It was suspected that he would be the fourth addition to the Bee Gees band but he always wanted to be his own personality. He grew up to be a cocky youngster thanks to the public status of his elder brothers. By the age of 20, it was virtually impossible to break away from the Bee Gees shadows as they were writing his songs and serving as the back-up vocals.

The ‘baby Bee Gee’ staged an unprecedented display of youthful pop mastery a few months after his 1977 debut but we never saw the best of his abilities thanks to the prodigious cocaine habit that derailed his life and career. Andy added alcohol abuse to his already terrible addictions until it cost him his life at a very premature age.

He died of heart failure and according to Barbara his death had nothing to do with drugs but the damage was been done already. He had promised to turn a new leaf on his 30th birthday but his failing body eventually succumbed to the endless years of toxic loading. It’s unfortunate that such a golden child was lost but his music still lives on in the heart of fans.

Maureen Bates (former spouse)

Duration of Marriage: August 22, 1966 – July 1970 (4 years)

Maureen and Gibb met in August 1965, dated for a year and proceeded to tie the knot. Their union wasn’t long lasting though as things ended within four years and they had no child together.

Linda Gibb (nee Gray) (spouse)

Duration of Marriage: September 1, 1970 till present

Linda is a former Miss Edinburgh and in recent years has been a huge pillar of support to the legendary artist. The tragic loss of his younger siblings all before their retirement age left him miserable and he spent most of his days moping around the house until his wife told him to get off his backside and hit the road again.

The Stayin’ Alive hit maker met 17-year old Gray when the Bee Gees were on Top of the Pops in 1967. He was still married then but just a few months after his divorce, he tied the knot with Linda and they have remained in love since then. They were wonderful parents to their kids and are now grandparents who remain ever grateful that their paths crossed in life.

(L-R) Barry, Michael, Linda, Ashley, Travis, Stephen

Stephen Thadius Gibb (son with Linda Gray)

Date of Birth: December 1, 1973

Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius

Guitarist Steve has helped his father through the pain of performing without his brothers by joining him on stage accompanied by Maurice’s daughter also who sings with him. Stephen has been married to Gloria Levas since November 2002 and they live in Florida with their two children Nina Lyn (born December 27, 2002) and Agnus Miles (born February 6, 2006).

Ashley Gibb (son with Linda Gray)

Date of Birth: September 8, 1977

Zodiac Sign: Virgo

Ashley is the second son to the famous Barry Gibb.

Travis Gibb (son with Linda Gray)

Date of Birth: January 10, 1981

Zodiac Sign: Capricorn

Growing up with a father like Barry, it was only natural for Travis to want to be in the music business himself. He is today a singer, songwriter and realtor.

Michael Gibb (son with Linda Gray)

Date of Birth: December 1, 1984

Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius

He was named after the late Michael Jackson who was his godfather and long time family friend of his father. Michael is an actor and resided in Miami Florida with his wife and children.

Alexandra Gibb (daughter with Linda Gray)

Date of Birth: December 29, 1991

Zodiac Sign: Capricorn

She is the only female in the Gray-Gibb union like her aunty Leslie is the only Gibb daughter.


"The Yugo" and the new era

By the early 1990s, the old demographic of the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood was disappearing. The blue-collar Irish-American community was being displaced by a more affluent and ethnically diverse group of residents. With this change came a decrease in street crime and a change in leadership. Bosko “The Yugo” Radonjich, a Serbian nationalist and onetime anti-communist started his Westies affiliation as a low-level associate of Jimmy Coonan in 1983. He became the boss of the Westies when Kelly was sent to prison in 1988. Around 1992, Radonjich fled the country to avoid jury tampering charges. He was eventually arrested by U.S. Customs officials during a stopover in Miami, Florida in 1999. However, Radonjich was released when the main witness in the case, Sammy Gravano, was deemed unreliable. Radonjich has since returned to his native Serbia.


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