6 July 1960: Death of Aneurin Bevan, British Politician

Aneurin Bevan was born into an area of Wales where two-thirds of the male population worked underground in the mines. Throughout his career he championed the cause of the working classes and his service as Minister for Health gave the British universal healthcare through the National Health Service.

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23 March 1680: Death of Nicolas Fouquet, French Minister

Nicolas Fouquet was born in Paris on 27 January 1615, the son of a royal administrator and shipowner.

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18 March 1950: Collapse of the Belgian Government

When the Belgian people voted in a referendum on the return of their king in March 1950 he had been in exile in Switzerland for five years. The question of King Leopold III’s return to Belgium had remained unanswered since the end of the Second World War and a settlement of the matter was required.

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27 February 1900: Founding of the British Labour Party

Labour Party Headquarters, Victoria Street, London

At the end of the 19th century left-wing political representation in the United Kingdom was spread across a large number of small organisations. The Independent Labour Party failed to make any headway in the 1895 general election despite fielding 28 candidates.

In order to have any influence over

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