February 11 1889 – The Meiji Constitution is Adopted, Leading to the Westernization of Japan

February 11 1889 – The Meiji Constitution is Adopted, Leading to the Westernization of JapanRate this post For more than two decades, the Emperor of Japan had instituted sweeping changes to the culture of his country, diminishing the influence of the shoguns in order to bring the nation into the 19th century politically. On February 11, 1889, a new Meiji Constitution established a European-style monarchy hinted at by the Restoration of 1868. In creating the new system, leaders created a formal legal code for the first time in Japanese history. Much of what passed for law in Japan amounted to little more than tradition for better than a thousand years. […]

February 11 1975 – Margaret Thatcher became first woman to head a majority party in Britain

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February 11 1975 – Margaret Thatcher became first woman to head a majority party in BritainRate this post Born as a grocer’s daughter in 1925, Margaret Thatcher had values of hard work and public service. Her father Alfred Roberts had an immense influence on her. It was during the World War Two that Margaret was inspired by Winston Churchill’s defiant speeches and his refusal to give in to Nazism. The uncompromising attitude of Churchill put a deep impact on Margaret’s personality. Margaret Thatcher went to the University of Oxford to study Chemistry and was elected president of the student’s Conservative Association. After graduating in the year 1947, Margaret moved ahead […]

February 11 1990 – Nelson Mandela is released from Victor Verster Prison

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February 11 1990 – Nelson Mandela is released from Victor Verster PrisonRate this post On February 11, 1990, legendary South African leader Nelson Mandela was released from Victor-Verster Prison, 40 miles from Cape Town, after having spent 27 years in prison. The moment was of great significance in the history and social evolution of the country that emerged to fight a long battle against Apartheid – the social segregation of the blacks in the country. By the start of the 20th century, the challenges faced by the blacks in South Africa due to racial discrimination started to foster the Apartheid movement. In 1912, the African National Congress (ANC) was established […]