Albert Stanley, 1st Baron Ashfield (1874–1948) was managing director,
then chairman of the Underground Electric Railways Company of London
(UERL) from 1910 to 1933 and chairman of the London Passenger Transport
Board (LPTB) from 1933 to 1947. At a young age, he held senior
positions in the developing tramway systems of Detroit and New Jersey.
In 1907, his management skills led to his recruitment by the UERL,
which was struggling through a financial crisis. He quickly integrated
the company's management and used advertising and public relations to
improve profits. As managing director of the UERL from 1910, he led the
take-over of competing underground railway companies and bus and tram
operations to form an integrated transport operation known as the
Combine. He was Member of Parliament for Ashton-under-Lyne from
December 1916 to January 1920 and was President of the Board of Trade
between December 1916 and May 1919. He returned to the UERL and then
chaired it and its successor the LPTB during the organisation's
greatest period of expansion between the two World Wars, making it a
world-respected organisation considered an exemplar of the best form of
public administration. (more...)
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Today's selected anniversaries:
The Act of Abjuration, the formal declaration of independence of the
Dutch Low Countries from the Spanish king, Philip II, was signed.
French and Indian War: Rather than defend Fort Carillon near
present-day Ticonderoga, New York, from an approaching 11,000-man
British force, French Brigadier General François-Charles de Bourlamaque
withdrew his troops and attempted to blow the fort up.
Boer mercenaries declared their independence from the Transvaal
Republic and established the Republic of Stellaland.
The Labour Party won the United Kingdom general election of July 5 by a
landslide, replacing Winston Churchill as Prime Minister with Clement
One day after similar bombings in Bangalore, 21 bombs exploded in
Ahmedabad, India, killing 56 people and injuring over 200 others.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
A condition of extreme drowsiness or apathy
Wikiquote quote of the day:
We are so captivated by and entangled in our subjective consciousness
that we have forgotten the age-old fact that God speaks chiefly through
dreams and visions.
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