John Edward Brownlee was Premier of Alberta, Canada, from 1925 to 1934
as leader of the United Farmers of Alberta (UFA) caucus. After winning
the 1926 election, his successes included obtaining control of
Alberta's natural resources from the federal government and selling the
money-losing railways to help balance the provincial budget. His
government's fortunes declined after the 1930 election. Agricultural
prices collapsed, throwing many farmers into poverty. He tried to broker
deals between farmers and banks, but found neither side eager to
compromise. In 1933, Prime Minister R. B. Bennett named Brownlee to the
Royal Commission on Banking and Currency as a representative of western
interests and unorthodox viewpoints. While Brownlee concurred with the
commission's ultimate recommendation for the creation of a central bank,
he also made his own recommendations. In 1934 he was sued for the
seduction of Vivian MacMillan, a family friend and a secretary in his
government's attorney-general's office, who claimed that they had
carried on an affair for three years. The jury sided with MacMillan
despite Brownlee's denials and, in deference to public outrage, he
resigned as premier.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Edwin Drake successfully drilled for oil in Titusville,
Pennsylvania, US, resulting in the Pennsylvania oil rush and the birth
of the modern oil industry.
The United Kingdom and Zanzibar went to war, with Zanzibar
surrendering less than an hour after the conflict broke out.
Turkish forces re-captured Afyon, the first victory of their
counterattack during the Greco-Turkish War.
Dissolution of the Soviet Union: Moldova declared its
independence during the aftermath of the failure of the Soviet coup
The first round of six-party talks to find a peaceful
resolution to the security concerns as a result of the North Korean
nuclear weapons program opened.
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Wikiquote quote of the day:
Poetry is the universal art of the spirit which has become free
in itself and which is not tied down for its realization to external
sensuous material; instead, it launches out exclusively in the inner
space and the inner time of ideas and feelings.
--Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel