May 25th

On this day in 1911, in the early days of the Revolution in Mexico, President Jose Porfirio Diaz is overthrown and pushed out of office. Jose Porfirio Diaz Fighting had broken out in 1910 as a result of Porfirio Diaz’s 35-year long regime failing to find a successor. Causing a political crisis among competing elites,…

May 25th

On this day in 1895, Oscar Wilde was sentenced to two years imprisonment after being found guilt of ”committing acts of gross indecency with other male persons.” After meeting in the summer of 1891, Wilde pursued a relationship with the 24 year old Lord Alfred Douglas, a situation found to be completely inappropriate and morally…

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.

May 20th

On May 20th, 1882, the Triple Alliance of Germany, Austria-Hungary and the Kingdom of Italy was formed. The Triplice ensured mutual support, should a member of the alliance be attacked by another great power.