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 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.

April 22nd

On April 22nd 1978, Bob Marley returned to Kingston, Jamaica from exile in London to perform at the One Love Peace Concert. He famously joined the hands of political adversaries Michael Manley and Edward Seaga during his performance of ‘Jammin”, a symbolic gesture in a country in the midst of a civil war. Michael Manley’s reformist agenda he…

April 18th

Often cited as the trial that created the modern world, on this day in 1521 the trial of Martin Luther concluded. Martin Luther was a German theologist, professor and at the fore of the Protestant Reformation. Luther challenged the indulgences of the Catholic Church and Holy See which taught that redemption from sins could be…

April 6th

On this day in 1994, a plane carrying Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana and Burundian President Cyprien Ntaryamira was shot down as it approached the capital of Rwanda, Kigali. This event was a catalyst which caused ethnic tensions to become a genocidal mass slaughter of Tutsi in Rwanda by members of the Hutu majority government. Ethnic tensions had existed…