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On this day in 1917 in the capital of the Russian Empire, Petrograd, women textile workers began a demonstration that eventually engulfed the whole city, demanding "Bread and Peace"—an end to World War I, to food shortages, and to czarism.[22] This marked the beginning of the February Revolution, which alongside the October Revolution, made up the Russian Revolution .Today is international Women's day , the half of society who without none ofus would exist.
 

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On this day in 1961 George Formby, OBE died. He was an English actor, singer-songwriter and comedian who became known to a worldwide audience through his films of the 1930s and 1940s. On stage, screen and record he sang light, comical songs, usually playing the ukulele or banjolele, and became the UK's highest-paid entertainer.
Born: 26 May 1904, Wigan
Died: 6 March 1961, Preston
 
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On this day in history the first discernible speech is transmitted over a telephone system when inventor Alexander Graham Bell summoned his assistant in another room by saying, “Mr. Watson, come here; I want you.”

5 minutes later someone else called and asked if in the last three years had he been involved in an accident that wasn't his fault.
 
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On this day, 10 March 1952, Fulgencio Batista led a coup in Cuba and appointed himself President. Backed by the US, business and the wealthy elite, his government killed thousands in anti-communist purges. He was eventually overthrown by the revolution in 1959.

Senator John F. Kennedy later described his rule: "Fulgencio Batista murdered 20,000 Cubans in 7 years - a greater proportion of the Cuban population than the proportion of Americans who died in both World Wars, and he turned democratic Cuba into a complete police state - destroying every individual liberty. Yet, our aid to his regime, and the ineptness of our policies, enabled Batista to invoke the name of the United States in support of his reign of terror.

Administration spokesmen publicly praised Batista - hailed him as a stanch ally and a good friend - at a time when Batista was murdering thousands, destroying the last vestiges of freedom, and stealing hundreds of millions of dollars from the Cuban people, and we failed to press for free elections."
 
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On this day in 1845 Te ruki Kawati and Hone Heke , Maroi cheifs led hundreds of warriors to battle in the defeat of British forces who had colonised their lands , in the battle of Kororāreka , Aotearoa .
 
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On this day in 1879, legendary physicist Albert Einstein was born in Germany. While most famous for his scientific theories, Einstein was also a socialist, and wrote an excellent explanation of the capitalist system and its inherent flaws .
Describing how wealth and power is concentrated he said
" The result of these developments is an oligarchy of private capital the enormous power of which cannot be effectively checked even by a democratically organized political society. This is true since the members of legislative bodies are selected by political parties, largely financed or otherwise influenced by private capitalists who, for all practical purposes, separate the electorate from the legislature. The consequence is that the representatives of the people do not in fact sufficiently protect the interests of the underprivileged sections of the population. Moreover, under existing conditions, private capitalists inevitably control, directly or indirectly, the main sources of information (press, radio, education). It is thus extremely difficult, and indeed in most cases quite impossible, for the individual citizen to come to objective conclusions and to make intelligent use of his political rights."
 

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on this day 1965 mounted police in Montgomery, Alabama violently attacked a peaceful civil rights demonstration in the town. Police officers with clubs and canes rode into a crowd of 600 people, hospitalising 8 & injuring others .
 
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on this day in 1921, the Red Army under the command of Leon Trotsky staged their bloody final assault on the workers and sailors of Kronstadt, after they revolted against the burgeoning Bolshevik dictatorship. The rebels, mostly dissident communists and socialists, protested against the suppression of strikes in Petrograd, and were calling for trade union freedom, free speech for workers and revolutionaries, freedom for socialist political prisoners and for the abolition of enhanced food rations to Party bureaucrats.
Trotsky had previously described the sailors as the "pride and glory of the revolution" due to their key role in the 1917 revolution. But when they rebelled against the new rulers Trotsky ordered they "shoot them like partridges".
 

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On this day in 1951 Dennis the menace first appeared in the Beano .Anti authoritarian , dressed in traditional anarchist colours , the archetypal bad boy striking terror into upright citizens and giving inspiration to generations of kids who fought against adult rule.
 

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On this day in 1921 Thomas Frederick Cooper was born, a Welsh prop comedian and magician. As an entertainer, his appearance was large and lumbering at 6 feet 4 inches, and he habitually wore a red fez when performing.
Born: 19 March 1921, Caerphilly
Died: 15 April 1984, Her Majesty's Theatre, London
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On this day in 1991, the abolition of the poll tax in the UK was announced, following a mass non-payment campaign and widespread rioting. The hated tax, introduced by Margaret Thatcher's Conservative government, charged the working class the same as the rich as there was a charge for every individual in a household. People up and down the country self-organised an unprecedented campaign which resulted in over 17 million people refusing to pay, with thousands of people clogging the country's court system. It was later replaced by the council tax, which charged rates based on house value.
 

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On this day in 1983 President Ronald Reagan unveils the Strategic Défense Initiative - later dubbed "Star Wars" to defend the US against ballistic missile attack.
 

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On this day in 1991, the abolition of the poll tax in the UK was announced, following a mass non-payment campaign and widespread rioting. The hated tax, introduced by Margaret Thatcher's Conservative government, charged the working class the same as the rich as there was a charge for every individual in a household. People up and down the country self-organised an unprecedented campaign which resulted in over 17 million people refusing to pay, with thousands of people clogging the country's court system. It was later replaced by the council tax, which charged rates based on house value.
It wasn't a poll tax, it was titled a community charge it was just labelled a poll tax by the nasty media drumming up ill feeling by the public and by God didn't it work! all those riots sold papers.
People objected because they thought it made them liable to pay rates charges but anyone in council housing paid rates if only they looked in their rent books as I did in my mothers rent book, it was all itemised, they would see what they paid in 'Rates' (This was checked before the community charge was abolished)
 
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It wasn't a poll tax, it was titled a community charge it was just labelled a poll tax by the nasty media drumming up ill feeling by the public and by God didn't it work! all those riots sold papers.
People objected because they thought it made them liable to pay rates charges but anyone in council housing paid rates if only they looked in their rent books as I did in my mothers rent book, it was all itemised, they would see what they paid in 'Rates' (This was checked before the community charge was abolished)
People objected because what they paid increased massively. Instead of being based on the value of your house it was calculated on the number of people living in it .it meant that a family living in a council house with 2 kids over the age of 18 would pay more than a millionaire retired couple. A nasty policy by a nasty party.
" An opinion poll conducted in 1990 indicated that 78% of the population opposed the tax."
 

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2000 - Vladimir Putin was elected president of Russia

1953 - American medical researcher Dr Jonas Salk announced on a national radio show that he has successfully tested a vaccine against poliomyelitis, the virus that causes the crippling disease of polio.
 
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Sugar lumps with medicine :icon-surprised: I didn't even get anaesthetic as a kid when they set my broken leg straight , it was bent 45 degrees sideways at the knee , it will only hurt for a second they said then they went and got two more blokes to help because they weren't strong enough :angry-screaming:
 
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