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
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.