On This Day – Dec 1 – In History – The UK Welfare State was agreed

….. Ford Motor Company introduced the continuous moving assembly line …. …

On the 1st December, 1942 : The British Coalition Government accepted The Beveridge report which proposed a series of changes designed to provide plans for a welfare state offering care to all from the cradle to the grave.


Also on this day:

  • 1901 – Both England and Russia laid claim to parts of Afghanistan and were in constant conflict over it. However, a new ruler in Afghanistan it was believed would bring stability to the region. Unlike his unpopular father who created hardships for his people, his son, the new leader, planned to pay the military more and to reduce taxes.
  • 1913 – The Ford Motor Company introduced the continuous moving assembly line which could produce a complete car every two-and-a-half minutes. This change is one of the most significant changes in Car production and allowed Ford to sell cars cheaper than any other manufacturer, and which forced the others to also move to automated production lines.
  • 1919 – Lady Astor an American by birth was sworn in as the first female member of the British Parliament. A little known fact is that the first woman elected to the British Parliament was Constance Markiewicz, but she did not take up her seat because of her Irish nationalist views.
  • 1965 – A new Agriculture Bill which put forward a plan to improve production in farming and decrease Britain's reliance on beef imports.
  • 1990 – Construction workers drill through the final wall of rock to join the two halves of the Channel Tunnel and link Britain to France.
  • 2001 : The entrance fees for 13 of the most popular museums in Britain ended thanks to a pledge made during the previous General Election making them available to everyone.
    • Natural History Museum
    • Science Museum
    • Victoria & Albert
    • National Railway Museum in York
    • National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside
    • National Maritime Museum
    • National Railway Museum
    • Imperial War Museum
    • Museum of Science and Industry
    • Museum of London
    • Royal Armouries
    • Theatre Museum


Who was born Today in History?:

  • 1081 – Louis VI of France.
  • 1690 – Philip Yorke, 1st Earl of Hardwicke, Lord Chancellor of England.
  • 1844 – Alexandra, Danish princess/Queen of Great Britain/Ireland.
  • 1886 – Jack Crawford, cricketer (England all-rounder in 12 Tests 1905-08).
  • 1912 – Minoru Yamasaki, architect (World Trade Center, NY).
  • 1925 – Jordan Klein, USA, cameraman/director (Thunderball).
  • 1926 – Keith Michell, Adelaide Australia, actor (6 Wives of Henry VIII).
  • 1932 – Matt Monro, English singer.
  • 1934 – Billy Paul, Phila, singer (Me & Mrs Jones).
  • 1946 – Gilbert O'Sullivan, Ireland, singer (Alone Again Naturally).
  • 1948 – Tom Wright, English bishop and theologian.
  • 2001 – Aiko, Princess Toshi of Japan.

Know any more that were born today?, or were you born today?, post a comment below.


Quote of the day:
'Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.'
Bertrand Russell

(1872 – 1970)


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