July 10th

On this day in 1040, legend dictates that Lady Godiva rode naked through Coventry on market day in order to force her husband, the Earl of Mercia, to lower taxes.

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July 9th

On July 9th 1955 the Russell-Einstein Manifesto was released during a press conference at Caxton Hall, London. In the midst of a Nuclear Arms Race between the USA and USSR, it sought to raise the grave dangers to mankind posed by nuclear weapons and press for peaceful resolutions to Cold War tensions. The first of the international…

July 8th

July 8th 2002 marked the passing of the Tax Credits Act which aimed to provide further financial top-ups to workers with low-paid jobs. Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown championed the legislation as the greatest welfare reform since Beveridge, with 5.75 million families eligible and benefiting thereafter. In 1942 British economist and social reformer, William Beveridge…

July 7th

On July 7th 1953 Argentine revolutionary Dr. Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara set off on a trip across the countries of South America, culminating in the Cuban Revolution of 1959. This marked another major bask of exploration after he discovered the fraught economic conditions of South America and the injustices of US colonialism during a 5,000 mile motorcycle trip…

July 6th

On this day in 1945, Nicaragua became the first nation to ratify the United Nations Charter, an international treaty which established the foundations of the United Nations.

July 5th

On this day in 1945, Britain held a postwar general election which saw Labour leader Clement Attlee enter 10 Downing Street by the end of the month with his party winning its first ever parliamentary majority.

July 4th

On this day in 1776, the Second Continental Congress issued the Declaration of Independence, the pretext for the 4th of July celebrations held across the USA every year.

The document effectively formed the United States of America, announcing the sovereignty of the 13 American colonies.