June 8th

On the 8th of June in 1969, General Francisco Franco, Caudillo of Spain, closed the Spanish Frontier with the British isle of Gibraltar. The Spanish-Gibraltar border is a boundary between the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar and Spain, also known as ‘La verja de Gibraltar’ (The fence of Gibraltar) or simply as The Fence.(1) The…

June 6th

On this day in 1920, the German Republic held its 2nd ever democratic federal election. Set in a time of political instability and economic uncertainty, the election had a profound impact on politics in Weimar Germany and set the pace for the rest of its duration.

May 30th

On this day in 1949, the East German Constitution is approved. Following WWII, Germany had been divided, with the west being controlled by France, Great Britain and the USA, and the USSR taking control of the east which came to be known as the German Democratic Republic, with it’s capital of East Berlin, with the…

May 29th

On this day in history, Charles II returns from exile in the Netherlands, on his 30th birthday in 1660, to reclaim the throne of England after the end of the Puritan Commonwealth. After his father, Charles I, was executed at the climax of the English Civil War in 1649, though the Scottish Parliament proclaimed Charles…

May 28th

On this day in 1937, Arthur Neville Chamberlain becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Born on the 18th of March 1869, in Heckfield, Hampshire, England, Chamberlain became Prime Minister as leader of the Conservative Party, succeeding the also Conservative Stanley Baldwin who had stood down. Stanley Baldwin Chamberlain is arguably most famed for his…

May 27th

On This Day in 1960, the Turkish President, Celâl Bayar, was removed from office by a military coup. He was the first Turkish leader to be removed from office, but would be far from the country’s last.

May 26th

On this day in 1949, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was born. Corbyn has served as MP for Islington North for 34 years, primarily as a backbencher before running for the position of Labour Leader in 2015. Born in Chippenham, Wiltshire, before moving to Shropshire, Corbyn became interested in politics from a young age actively participating…