Learie Constantine (1901–1971) was a West Indian cricketer, lawyer and
politician who played 18 Test matches before the Second World War.
Although his Test record was modest, he helped to establish a uniquely
West Indian style of aggressive play. He served as Trinidad's High
Commissioner to the United Kingdom and in 1969 became the UK's first
black peer. His early experiences of race discrimination affected him
profoundly, and in later life he was influential in the passing of the
1965 Race Relations Act in Britain. Born in Trinidad, Constantine toured
England with the West Indies cricket teams in 1923 and 1928 before
signing as a professional with the Lancashire League club Nelson. He
played for the club between 1929 and 1938, while continuing to appear in
Test cricket for the West Indies; he lived mainly in England for the
rest of his life. After qualifying as a barrister in 1954, Constantine
returned to Trinidad, entered politics and served in the Trinidad
government as minister of communications. In 1961 he was appointed
Trinidad's High Commissioner in the UK, serving until 1964 and remaining
in London thereafter. In his final years, he served on the Race
Relations Board, the Sports Council and the Board of Governors of the
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Today's selected anniversaries:
The Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania defeated
the Monastic State of the Teutonic Knights in the Battle of Grunwald,
the decisive engagement of the Polish–Lithuanian–Teutonic War.
French soldiers uncovered the Rosetta Stone in Fort Julien,
near the Egyptian port city of Rashid.
Manitoba and the Northwest Territories were established
following the transfer of Rupert's Land and the North-Western Territory
from the Hudson's Bay Company to Canada.
William Boeing incorporated the Pacific Aero Products Company,
which was later renamed Boeing.
Vietnam War: The United States and South Vietnam began
Operation Hastings to push the North Vietnamese out of the Vietnamese
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In the fields with which we are concerned knowledge exists only in
lightning flashes. The text is the thunder rolling long afterwards.