In 2018, UK appointed a β€œMinister Of Loneliness” to investigate ways to combat loneliness time.com/5248016/tracey-c…
10 Downing Street is NOT the residence of the Prime Minister of the UK. It is actually the residence of the First Lord of the Treasury. It just so happens that the First Lord of the Treasury is almost always the Prime Minister. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/10_…
Televangelist Kenneth Copeland was a recording artist before becoming a minister. To be more specific, Kenneth Copeland, known as Kenny Copeland at the time, is a one-hit-wonder, having one top-40 hit called "Pledge of Love" which peaked at #17 in the year 1957. onehitwondersthebook.com/…
In the Czech Republic, beer is cheaper than water in pubs, leading its health minister to call on restaurants and bars to offer at least one nonalcoholic drink at a price less than that of beer - but the Czech Hotel and Restaurant Association said that it is ready to fight "excessive regulation" firstwefeast.com/eat/2013…
US President Bush (Sr.) vomited on a Japanese Prime Minister Miyazawa during a banquet. history.com/this-day-in-h…
In 1965 the future Canadian prime minister John Turner was vacationing in Barbados when he noticed someone struggling in rough surf at the beach; being a strong swimmer, he instinctively entered the water and unknowingly saved the life of former Canadian PM John Diefenbaker. collectionscanada.gc.ca/p…
William Pitt the Younger was admitted into Cambridge University at the age of 13 and became UK prime minister at age 24. He is the youngest prime minister in British history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Today I learned of the Nazi Propaganda Jazz and Swing Band. Although Jazz was seen as rebellious, propaganda minister Goebbels understood its popularity in the world and allowed Propaganda Music to be broadcast to the UK and US. About 25% of all British listeners had at some point heard the programs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Pakistan, a profiled Islamic nation, democratically elected a female Prime Minister in 1988 and 1993, Benazir Bhutto, thus becoming the first muslim majority nation lead by a woman. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
William Lyon Mackenzie King, Canada's longest serving Prime Minister viewed hitler as a misunderstood kindred spirit and hero who King's higher mission was to lead to peace, regularly communed with spirits of the dead, including Davinci, Roosevelt, and his dead dog. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
In the 1960s the US military planned on testing Sarin and VX nerve gas on 200 Australian troops by aerial bombing areas around Lockhart river. Harold Holt, the prime minister at that time vetoed the plan. abc.net.au/news/2008-07-0…
In 1971 an Indian Airlines flight was hijacked from India and flown to Lahore. The hijackers were welcomed by Pakistani minister (future Pres & PM) Zulfikar Bhutto who paid a handsome tribute to the hijackers, leading India to close its air space to Pak, which played a major role in the 1971 war en.wikipedia.org/wiki/197…
The Prime Minister of Canada doesn't have to be a member of parliament, but does need a seat to participate. In the 1925 election Liberal Party leader William Lyon Mackenzie King lost his seat while his party won and "governed from the hallway" before winning a by-election a few weeks later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
Ariel Sharon, the 11th prime minister of Israel, suffered the hemorrhagic stroke that resulted in his being permanently incapacitated on 4 January 2006, the day before the date scheduled for a heart surgery that would have saved his cardiovascular system. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ari…
In 1984, New Zealand Prime Minister Robert Muldoon got drunk and decided to spontaneously call a general election, which he lost. thespinoff.co.nz/food/bev…
Leslie Nielsen’s brother Erik served as Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister in the 1980s. thecanadianencyclopedia.c…
The Canadian Parliament once discussed how the country would deal with a zombie apocalypse; then Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird declared that "Canada will never become a safe haven for zombies, ever" theatlantic.com/internati…
Magda Goebbels, wife of Hitler's propaganda minister, had six children whose names all started with "H" to honor Hitler. When the Red Army entered Berlin, she ordered them all to be knocked out with morphine and then poisoned with cyanide in the Fuhrerbunker. smh.com.au/world/papers-r…
Today I learned of Pride, a 1998 Japanese historical drama depicting Japanese prime minister and convicted war criminal Hideki Tojo as a family man who defended Japan and Asia from Western colonialism but was ultimately hanged by a vengeful United States. It was one of the most popular Japanese films of 1998. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
The father of The Police drummer Stewart Copeland was Miles Copeland Jr, a jazz musician and CIA spy who helped plan the Battle of Normandy and overthrow the Prime Minister of Iran. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
The only female Pakistani Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto, was a Harvard graduate and served as PM from 1988 to 1990 and again from 1993 to 1996. After losing the election in 1997 she went into self-exile in Dubai. She returned to Pakistan in 2007 to run again but was assassinated during a rally. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ass…
Lebanon’s government is designed to provide representation to its three largest religious groups: Maronite Christians, Sunni Muslims and Shiite Muslims. Because of this, the president must always be a Maronite, the Prime Minister a Sunni and the speaker of parliament a Shia. euronews.com/amp/2019/10/…
Today I learned about King Simeon II of Bulgaria who was exiled in 1946 after Bulgaria became communist. He returned 50 yrs. later in 1996 after the fall of communism and later become the Prime Minister of Bulgaria. He is also the only living person who has borne the title "Tsar"and the last person to do so. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sim…
King George I of Great Britain at the time of his accession to the British throne in 1714 spoke no English, and his ministers spoke no German, hence they had to communicate with each other in French. His grandson George III was the first Hanoverian ruler who spoke English as a mother tongue. britannica.com/biography/…
Queen Elizabeth II has seen 13 different UK Prime Ministers come into power, with the first one being Winston Churchill. independent.co.uk/life-st…
In response to the Rosa Parks incident, the Montgomery bus boycotters organized as the Montgomery Improvement Association, or MIA. They selected Martin Luther King Jr., a newcomer to Montgomery, who was a young and mostly unknown minister of the Dexter Ave. Baptist Church, to be their leader. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ros…
In 1962, K Kamaraj, former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, India, introduced midday meal scheme which improved literacy rate from 21 to 45% in 20yrs in that state en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid…
In 1864 John A. Macdonald - the first Prime Minister of Canada famously vomited on stage during a debate with his Liberal party opponent, later remarking that it was not that he was drunk, but that the arguments of his honourable opponent made him sick en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
A Saratoga NY man saved Japanese Prime Minister Tojo from a suicide attempt ensuring that he stood trial for his war crimes during WW2 wnyt.com/albany-new-york-…
Charlie Chaplin was one of the planned assassination targets during a May 15, 1932 coup attempt by Japanese naval officers. While the prime minister was killed at home, Chaplin survived as he was at a sumo event with the prime minister's son. japantoday.com/category/f…
Margaret Thatcher insisted on writing a sketch for the multiple BAFTA-winning comedy 'Yes, Minister', with herself playing the lead, which was performed and broadcast. Many of the cast hadn't wanted to appear, because she was known to lack any sense of humour. theguardian.com/tv-and-ra…
In 1672, angry Dutchmen killed and ate their prime minister historyextra.com/period/s…
As students at the University of Edinburgh, Princess Margareta of Romania, who would be Queen today if their monarchy hadn't been abolished, was in a long-term relationship with Gordon Brown, the future British Prime Minister. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Today I learned of two-time Oscar-winner Glenda Jackson, who quit acting in 1992 to join the British parliament. She became a junior minister in the Blair government, and had aspirations to be Mayor of London. In 2015, at the age of 78, she quit politics, reverted to acting, and since won a Tony Award en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gle…
Helena Bonham Carter's paternal great grandfather was H. H. Asquith, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during the first half of the First World War. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asq…
In 1909, British suffragettes released a board game called β€œPank-a-Squith”. It was set out in a spiral, and players were required to lead their suffragette figure from their home to parliament, past the obstacles from hated Prime Minister H. H. Asquith and the Liberal government. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suf…
Japan Prime Minister Yoshida's uncivil speech in 1953 calling an opposition lawmaker a "Bakayaro" (dumb bastard) led to the dissolution of the lower house - now known as the "Bakayaro dissolution" (バカダロー解散) factsanddetails.com/japan…
People have had the Universal Life Church ordain their pets as ministers so that they could officiate at their wedding. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Today I learned about Ximen Bao, a Chinese minister. He learned corrupt politicians sacrificed beautiful women to a River God and threatened floods if they weren't paid high taxes. Ximen had the politicians thrown into the river to tell the God they could not find a beautiful sacrifice, ending the practice. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xim…
First Canadian prime minister John A MacDonald's guiding principle was always loyalty to the British Empire and independence from the United States. Under Macdonald’s leadership, the dominion quickly expanded to include the provinces of Manitoba , British Columbia , and Prince Edward Island britannica.com/biography/…
Today I learned about Harold Holt, Australia's 17th Prime Minister who disappeared while swimming and was never found en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
Soviet foreign minister Vyacheslav Molotov proposed that the USSR join NATO in 1954 wilsoncenter.org/publicat…
Between 2006 and 2007 Poland’s prime minister and president were identical twin brothers, making them the first brothers in history to hold a country’s prime ministership and presidency at the same time. britannica.com/biography/…
The French prime minister insisted that his cabinet watch the film La Haine (Hate) independent.co.uk/arts-en…
The Pledge of Allegiance was written in August 1892 by the socialist minister Francis Bellamy (1855-1931). ushistory.org/documents/p…
The Australian Prime Minister who drowned at sea has a swimming centre named after him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
In 1969 France embargoed Israel while navy ships sold to Israel were still in France. The Mossad set up a fake oil company which bought the ships from France and covertly sailed them to Israel. Upon discovering this the French defence minister ordered an air strike to sink them but was overruled en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
A Korean civil minister named Choe Yun-ui created the first printing press 150 years before Gutenberg was born. lithub.com/so-gutenberg-d…
Today I learned about the Suicide Squad a group of 20 New Zealand Legislative Councillors whom in 1950 were appointed by the then NZ Prime Minister to vote the Upper house of Parliament out of existence thus making themselves redundant. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sui…
Today I learned about Dutch Prime Minister Johan de Witt, a republican who so angered the royalist faction that a mob killed him and his brother in 1672, then ate some of their body parts. historyextra.com/period/s…

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