Thursday, May 20, 2010

The UK Suffrage Movement on SepiaTown

204 years ago today (1806) John Stuart Mill, the great English liberal philosopher, radical MP, early critic of slavery, colonialism, and the inequality of woman, was born in the Pentonville section of London.

143 years ago Mill celebrated his 61st birthday by introducing an amendment to the Reform Act of 1867 that granted woman the full voting rights of men.  It was the first time such a proposal had ever been made in Parliament. The amendment was rejected by a vote of 196 to 73.  Mill's heroic act not only created an onslaught of criticism and satirizing, it cost him his seat in parliament three years later.

It would take 61 more years (1928), and acres of broken glass, till the woman of the UK won the full voting rights of men.

Some images on SepiaTown documenting that struggle
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More details of John Stuart Mill's support for woman's suffrage at

John Stuart Mill's Quotes

John Stuart Mill Wikipedia Article

'Woman Suffrage in the United Kingdom' Wikipedia Article

'Women Social and Political Union (UK)' Wikipedia Article

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Grauman's Chinese Theater on SepiaTown

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83 years ago today Grauman's Chinese Theater opened in Hollywood California (May 18, 1927).

Sunday, May 16, 2010

The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising on SepiaTown

67 years ago today the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising came to its tragic end and the Nazi's plot to deport and exterminate the remaining population of Warsaw's once vibrant Jewish community succeeded.

At the start of the Uprising in April 1943 roughly 63,000 Jews still remained in the ghetto.  By May 16th 13,000 of those had been killed (many burned alive in fires set by the SS) and the other 50,000 had been captured and shipped to concentration and extermination camps, most notably Treblinka.
Read more about it here...

See mapped Warsaw Ghetto and Uprising related images on SepiaTown...

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