November 14th

On this day in 1909, Joseph McCarthy was born. Elected to the US Senate in 1946, McCarthy’s part in creating the uncontrollable popular paranoia of communist espionage and subversion within the government inspired the term McCarthyism and plays a significant role in the broader Red Scare of the 1950s.

July 19th

On this day in 1848, the first women’s rights convention, the Seneca Falls Convention, was held in New York, focusing on “the social, civil, and religious condition and rights” of women. Organised principally by female quakers, they approached prominent female orators like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott to lead proceedings. Mott, like many others, had…

July 18th

On this day in 1925, Adolf Hitler published the first volume of his seminal piece, Mein Kampf. Entitled A Reckoning, the book outlined Hitler’s upbringing in Austria, increasing anti-Semitism and Darwinian, militaristic worldview. The book also serves to outline Hitler’s personal disdain for the other ‘world evil’ – communism – and his commitment to overthrowing German…

July 15th

On this day in 1099, Christian forces capture and plunder the City of Jerusalem in the First Crusade. On 7 June, the Crusaders reached Jerusalem, which had been recaptured from the Seljuqs by the Fatimids only the year before. The Crusaders put the city to a siege, in which the crusaders themselves probably suffered more than the citizens of…

July 14th

On this day in 1789, The French Revolution begins with Bastille Day – storming of the Bastille Prison and its fall. The medieval fortress, armory, and political prison in Paris known as the Bastille represented royal authority in the center of Paris. The prison contained just seven inmates at the time of its storming but was a symbol of abuses by…

July 13th

  On this day in 2016, Theresa May is elected Prime Minister by the Conservative Party MPs. After David Cameron’s resignation as Prime Minster, as a reaction to the EU-Referendum Result, as the Party in Government, the Conservatives were tasked with electing a new leader of the Party to become the Prime Minister. Other well-known…