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.
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…
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who served as Brazil’s President 2003-11, has been found guilty on corruption and money-laundering charges with a sentence of nine years and six months in jail. With Lula in the pipeline for an extraordinary return to politics and the overwhelming favourite to win the 2018 Presidential election according to opinion polls, his lawyers and many of his supporters have categorised his conviction as a judicial coup to veto his return.
On this day, King William III’ decisive defeat of King James II in the Battle of the Boyne is celebrated by the annual Orange Order March.
On this day in 1960, Harper Lee published her seminal work ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’.
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.
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.