Angus Lewis Macdonald (1890 1954) was a Nova Scotian lawyer, law professor and politician. He served as the Liberal premier of Nova Scotia from 1933 to 1940 when he became the federal minister of defence for naval services. He oversaw the creation of an effective Canadian navy and Allied convoy service during World War II. After the war, he returned to Nova Scotia to become premier again. In the election of 1945, his Liberals swept back into power while their main rivals, the Conservatives, failed to win a single seat. The Liberal rallying cry, "All's Well With Angus L." seemed so convincing that the Conservatives despaired of ever beating Macdonald. He died suddenly in office in 1954. Macdonald's more than 15 years as premier brought fundamental changes. Under his leadership, the Nova Scotian government spent more than $100 million paving roads, building bridges, extending electrical systems and improving public education. Macdonald dealt with the mass unemployment of the Great Depression by putting the jobless to work on highway projects. Macdonald was one of the most eloquent political orators in Nova Scotia history. He articulated a philosophy of provincial autonomy, arguing that poorer provinces needed a greater share of national tax revenues to pay for health, education and welfare.

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Today's selected anniversaries:


The Eureka Flag was flown for the first time during the Eureka Stockade rebellion in Australia.


Thomas Edison demonstrated the phonograph, his invention for recording and replaying sound, for the first time.


The Diet of Japan, Japan's bicameral legislature modelled after both the German Reichstag and the British Westminster system, first met after the Meiji Constitution went into effect.


American explorer Richard Evelyn Byrd and three others completed the first flight over the South Pole.


The United Nations General Assembly voted to approve the Partition Plan for Palestine, a plan to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict in the British Mandate of Palestine by separating the territory into Jewish and Arab states.

Wiktionary's word of the day:

banjaxed   (adj)              1. (UK, slang) Broken, ruined, shattered.
   2. (UK, slang) Tired, sleepy.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.
--William Blake