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My opinion is that power should always be distrusted, in whatever hands it is placed.
- Sir William Jones, British jurist, in a letter, 1782.
Historical News on October 05
1952 Her majesty’s government has taken a significant step towards reviving the nation’s addiction to tea by removing it from the list of rationed commodities.
The British people’s burden remains great, however – meat, bacon (excluding cooked gammon), sugar, butter, margarine, cooking fats, cheese, eggs, sweets and chocolates are all still subject to strict rationing.
2000 Slobodan Milosevic has finally been swept from power as President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia amid gathering protests nearly two weeks after he failed to acknowledge defeat in the general elections of September 24.
Crowds stormed the parliament building and state owned television station in Belgrade in protest.
Finally Vojislav Koštunica has been able to claim the presidency.
Satanic Verses Banned
1988 Satanic Verses, the fourth novel by Salman Rushdie, was published in the UK on September 26, 1988.
Its mode is predominantly magical realist and, like his prior novels, reliant on contemporary events to provide the framework and backdrop to his narrative.
However, the depiction of various elements of Islamic faith have garnered a swift and roiling controversy in Muslim communities, prompting a number of leaders, religious and otherwise, to call for a ban on the book.
Today, the Government of India has banned the book, after being petitioned by Syed Shahabuddin, the editor of the monthly periodical Muslim India.
One can expect this to be the first in many such censorship moves over the world.
1998 The US Congressional committee is debating whether to begin impeachment proceedings against President Clinton over his affair with Monica Lewinsky.
It follows a report by Kenneth Starr which said there was evidence the President was guilty of abuse of power and witness-tampering.
Spain Tries French Dressing
1796 Spain signed the Treaty of San Ildefonso today, thus throwing in her lot with Revolutionary France.
Many Spaniards are hostile to the alliance.
The man most in favour of it is Manuel de Godoy, Spain’s prime minister and the lover of Charles IV’s lascivious wife, Maria Luisa.
He is convinced that Britain is an enemy of Spain.
By backing France, however, he is further weakening Spain’s dwindling imperial clout.
Spain will now be on the opposite side of the fence from her natural allies, the anti-Revolutionary coalitions engineered by Britain.
She will also lose her markets in America.
Flying Circus Ready For Take-Off
1969 A new 13-episode comedy show to be launched by the BBC on late-night television seems set to raise a few eyebrows:
Monty Python’s Flying Circus is the brainchild of a team of five Oxbridge graduates – John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin – and an American cartoonist, Terry Gilliam.
The style of the new “satire show” has its origins in the successful Thames Television children’s comedy programme Do Not Adjust Your Sets.
Few at the BBC seem to realize that Monty Python will not be like the old late-night satire shows.
The audience for the first two shows has been recruited from an old people’s home.