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The Balfour Declaration of 1917

The Balfour Declaration was a short letter by Arthur Balfour to arguably one of the most influential Jewish families - the Rothschild's. It was assumed that the letter gave the British government's support to the creation of a Jewish homeland. Foreign Office November 2nd, 1917 Dear Lord Rothschild, I have much pleasure in conveying to you on behalf of His Majesty's government, the following declaration of sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations which has been submitted to, and approved, by the Cabinet: His Majesty's Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.
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French Referendum

On May 29th 2005, the French had a referendum on the European Constitution. For the constitution to come into force, all member states in the EU have to ratify it. In theory, the constitution in its current form will never come into force if just one member state rejects it. The first country to 'ask' its people was Spain and they voted in favour of the constitution.
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Votes for the Scottish National Party

The Scottish National Party first put a candidate up for election in the 1929 general election. The Scottish National Party won its first MP to the House of Commons in 1970. Between 1929 and 1979, the votes for the Scottish National Party rose in that time from 3,313 to 504,259. 1929: 3,313 votes in Scotland 1931: 20,954 votes in Scotland 1935: 25,652 votes in Scotland 1945: 30,595 votes in Scotland 1950: 9,708 votes in Scotland 1951: 7,299 votes in Scotland 1955: 12,112 votes in Scotland 1959: 21,738 votes in Scotland 1964: 64,044 votes in Scotland 1966: 128,474 votes in Scotland 1970: 306,802 votes in Scotland 1974: 633,180 votes in Scotland 1974: 839,617 votes in Scotland 1979: 504,259 votes in Scotland Related Posts Percentage support for the Scottish National Party 1929 to 1979 The Scottish National Party got 0.
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Today in History - March 10th

Today in History March 10th 241 BC - First Punic War: Battle of the Aegates Islands: The Romans sink the Carthaginian fleet bringing the First Punic War to an end. 298 - Roman Emperor Maximian concludes his campaign in North Africa against the Berbers, and makes a triumphal entry into Carthage. 1607 - Susenyos I defeats the combined armies of Yaqob and Abuna Petros II at the Battle of Gol in Gojjam, making him Emperor of Ethiopia.
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Social Groups and Crime

Is one social group more involved in crime than other social groups? If so, what predisposes one social group to be more criminal than another? Many theories of crime are based on partly on official statistics provided by the police, courts and the government. In countries like Britain and the USA these show that some groups are more involved in crime than others.
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The Victoria Cross

The Victoria Cross is the highest award for gallantry that a British and Commonwealth serviceman can achieve. The Victoria Cross is forever linked with acts of extreme bravery and the original document associated with the medal stated that it could only be awarded for “gallantry of the highest order”.
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