Benjamin Disraeli (1804–1881) was a British politician and writer who
twice served as prime minister. He played a central role in the creation
of the modern Conservative Party, defining its policies and its broad
outreach. Disraeli entered the House of Commons in 1837. In 1846, after
clashing with the Prime Minister, Sir Robert Peel, Disraeli became a
major figure in the party, though many in it did not favour him. He
served as Chancellor of the Exchequer and Leader of the House of Commons
in the 1850s and 1860s, and became prime minister briefly in 1868 before
losing that year's election. In his second term as prime minister
(1874–80), he arranged Britain's purchase of a major interest in the
Suez Canal Company, and worked at the Congress of Berlin to maintain
peace in the Balkans and to make terms that favoured Britain and
weakened Russia. He had throughout his career written novels, and he
published his last completed one, Endymion, shortly before he died.
Disraeli is remembered for his influential voice in world affairs, his
political battles with the Liberal leader William Ewart Gladstone, and
his one-nation conservatism or "Tory democracy".
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Today's selected anniversaries:
The Mayflower Pilgrims landed at what is now Plymouth,
Massachusetts, establishing the Plymouth Colony.
A Doll's House, a controversial play by Henrik Ibsen that
challenged 19th-century marriage norms, premiered at the Royal Theatre
in Copenhagen, Denmark.
In the second worst mining accident in England, an underground
explosion at the Hulton Bank Colliery No. 3 Pit killed 344 people.
The United Nations adopted the International Convention on the
Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, which 87 member
nations have since signed.
A total of 270 people were killed when a bomb on board Pan Am
Flight 103 exploded while the plane was in flight over Lockerbie,
Wiktionary's word of the day:
(sociolinguistics, orthography) An apostrophe added to a Scots word in
order to give the appearance that it is a contraction of an English
Wikiquote quote of the day:
I am waking from a dream, I am choking on a scream, You were
trying to show me something. But the dark is wide and long, The gates
are closed, the crowd's all gone, You're still shimmering and leading me
on… Firefly that's what you are Burning for me in my darkest hour
"Light breaks where no sun shines" So shine for me tonight — firefly.
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