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 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…

May 24th

On May 24th 1995, Harold Wilson, British Prime Minister 1964-70 and 1974-76 died of cancer. Wilson was a political, economic and social moderniser who sought to advance Britain through his championing of technocratic education. This quote from one of Britain’s great statesmen goes a long way in capturing how we move forward from the last…

May 23rd

On May 23rd 1945 the British World War II Coalition came to an end, shortly after Germany’s surrender on May 8th. May 8th 1940 saw Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain ask Labour and the Liberals to join him in a coalition government in an act of National Unity, after narrowly surviving a motion of no confidence…

May 22nd

On May 22nd 1939, Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini signed the “Pact of Steel”, a military alliance between Germany and Italy. This set in stone Rome-Berlin Axis, which alongside the Japanese took on the Allied Forces (and lost) in World War II. Initially the “Pact of Blood” (although Mussolini coined the new name due to internal…

May 21st

On May 21st, 1851, Léon Bourgeois was born – a man who went on to become the 49th Prime Minister of France and the first President of the League of Nations.