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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: SIR JOHN MCEWEN (1900)


Sir John McEwen (1900)

McEwen was an Australian politician and the country’s 18th prime minister. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1934 and served in several ministerial posts between 1937 and 1941. He was prime minister for three weeks following the disappearance and presumed death of Prime Minister Harold Holt in 1967, and he caused a leadership crisis by announcing that he and his party colleagues would refuse to serve in a government led by William McMahon. What was McEwen’s objection to McMahon? More… Discuss

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Today’s Birthday: Robert Walpole, First Earl of Orford (1676)


Robert Walpole, First Earl of Orford (1676)

Walpole was an English statesman. Elected to the House of Commons in 1701, he later served as secretary of war. With the accession of George I, he rose rapidly to become first lord of the treasury and chancellor of the exchequer. With his consolidation of power, he effectively became the first British prime minister. He avoided foreign entanglement and kept England neutral until 1739, when he was forced into the War of Jenkins’ Ear against Spain. How did the conflict get its name? More… Discuss