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    On this day in 1929

    The British Labour Party won the general election with 287 seats and 37% of the popular vote. It was the first time the Party was independently the largest in the commons. Margaret Bondfield was appointed as the first female cabinet minister; Minister for Labour. This Labour Party was strong and radical, driving positive social change by improving wages, unemployment pay and passing the housing act to focus on slums.

    Disaster was to strike soon after though with the Wall Street crash and the Great Depression. Unemployment hit 2.5 million which was a huge number given the population. The impact on the economy as global trade collapsed was significant and the Labour Party could not align behind a single way forward out of the crisis with the cabinet being deeply spilt over social spending cuts, trade tariffs and eventually a run on the pound and a confidence crises caused the government to resign.

    Interestingly the crisis caused King George V to step in and demand the formation of a “National Government” consisting of cross party representation. MacDonald formed a three party coalition with the Tories and Liberal but was seen by the hard core Labour grass roots as betraying the cause. The subsequent general election in 1931 was the biggest landslide in British political history with the Conservatives, now led by MacDonald... reducing Labour to 52 seats. In subsequent opposition the Labour Party stood for social reform and pacifism although the latter was dropped as a philosophical stance as the growing threat from Nazi Germany loomed over Europe.

    In a single decade the UK saw the full blown parliamentary establishment of the Labour Party with sweeping social reforms and their borrowing to spend downfall driven by the collapse of the global and local economies, the peacetime intervention of the reigning monarch to stabilise the government and rise of the Nazis cumulating in the start of WW2.

    An interesting perspective of the current relative storm in a political teacup perhaps.
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    350 years ago
    Samuel Pepys records the last event in his diary.
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    - May 30 - War of 1812 - First Treaty of Paris declared, after Napoleon's first abdication; ends hostilities between France and the Allied coalition made up of the United Kingdom, Russia, Austria, Prussia, Portugal and Sweden. Spain will sign later. There are separate treaties executed with the various countries; returns France to its 1792 borders; secures for the British possession of the Cape of Good Hope. Paris, France
    - May 30 - Residents of Saint John hold an ox roast in King's Square to celebrate the abdication of Napoleon Bonaparte. Saint John, New Brunswick
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    @very-rusty said
    - May 30 - Residents of Saint John hold an ox roast in King's Square to celebrate the abdication of Napoleon Bonaparte. Saint John, New Brunswick
    Year?
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    @handyandy said
    Year?
    What day Andy and what happened? 😉 😛

    -VR
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    May 31, 1987 - Hockey - Edmonton Oilers beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-1, winning the Stanley Cup Finals 4 games to 3. Edmonton, Alberta.
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    1st June

    20 years ago. American Airlines Flight 1420 crashes
    at Little Rock National Airport, killing 11 people.

    10 years ago. Air France Flight 447 crashes into the
    Atlantic Ocean killing all 228 passengers and crew.
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    On this day in 1648

    The Roundheads defeated the Cavaliers at the Battle of Maidstone in the Second English Civil War.
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    @divegeester said
    On this day in 1648

    The Roundheads defeated the Cavaliers at the Battle of Maidstone in the Second English Civil War.
    On this day in 1960

    Lester Patrick, NHL coach/star, dies at 76
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    @very-rusty said
    On this day in 1960

    Lester Patrick, NHL coach/star, dies at 76
    2nd June
    100 years ago today anarchists simultaneously set off 8 bombs in US cities.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1919_United_States_anarchist_bombings
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    @wolfgang59 said
    2nd June
    100 years ago today anarchists simultaneously set off 8 bombs in US cities.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1919_United_States_anarchist_bombings
    On this day June 3
    1993: Marty McSorley’s illegal stick
    The Story
    Jacques Demers isn't known as a risk taker prior to tonight's Game 2 of the 1993 Stanley Cup finals, but his reputation as a gambler is about to be galvanized. With the Los Angeles Kings leading 2-1 late in the third period, Montreal Canadiens coach Demers calls for a measurement of Kings enforcer Marty McSorley's hockey stick. Demers believes the blade of McSorley's stick is curved beyond the legal limit prescribed by the National Hockey League. In this clip from the game, all eyes are on referee Kerry Fraser as he stands in front of the Forum timekeeper's box and applies a measuring gauge to the disputed blade. A cheer goes up as the official places the stick in the box, signifying its illegality.

    NOTE: I watched that game and it was actually one of the Montreal trainers that pointed it out to Demers. Of course as most hockey fans would know Montreal went on to win the Stanley cup that year.

    -VR
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    100 years ago today (21st June)

    WW1
    52 German warships sunk.


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scuttling_of_the_German_fleet_at_Scapa_Flow
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    On this day in:

    1675
    The first stone of Saint Paul’s Cathedral was laid

    1982
    William the next King of England was born

    1996
    The EU lift’s the import ban on British beef but French farmers still blockade their ports.
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    @divegeester said
    On this day in:

    1675
    The first stone of Saint Paul’s Cathedral was laid

    1982
    William the next King of England was born

    1996
    The EU lift’s the import ban on British beef but French farmers still blockade their ports.
    24 June 1995
    South Africa defeat New Zealand in Rugby World Cup Final
    Nelson Mandela presents Francois Pienaar with the Webb-Ellis
    trophy in an iconic post-apartheid moment.

    NZ go into mourning.
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    On this day in 1491 Henry Vlll was born, becoming King of England in 1509.

    Married 8 times, divorced a few of them, beheaded a few others. He persecuted and executed Catholics for religious dissent and executed Protestants for complaining about not enough Catholics being executed!

    As a fiercely independent ruler he Created the Church of England and appointed himself as it’s Supreme Ruler. The religious Reformation of the church state effectively neutered the power of the Vatican in England contributing to centuries of religious unrest between Catholic Spain and their influence on Ireland. Henry took the revenues previously paid to Rome and spent lavishly frequently find himself in financial crises. However he is recognised as the father of the Royal Navy and ushered in an era of English seafaring dominance which enabled him to extend his political reach and defend the country from the very upset Catholics.

    In his prime Henry was considered an attractive, educated and most charismatic of Kings. However despite his drive for religious, political and economic change he was also narcissistic, selfish and cruel; tiring easily of previously considered loyal supporters and executing ministers such as the Thomas’s More, Wolsey and Cromwell as they feel from favour and trust.

    Henry Vlll died in 1547 and despite his flaws is regarded as one the great Kings of England.
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