This week in history

April 20, 2005

April 20

1966: A candlelight vigil is held in Sydney as the first conscripts leave for Vietnam.

1996: The Scottish Socialist Alliance is founded.

April 21

1856: Stonemasons in Melbourne are among the first workers in the world to win the 8-hour working day.


Thousands of people dismantle fences around the Free Trade of the Americas Area meeting in Quebec, Canada.

April 22

1526: The first slave revolt in the US.

1870: Lenin, leader of the Russian Revolution, is born.

April 23

1902: Non-Indigenous Australian women get the vote in federal elections.

April 24

1916: Irish revolutionaries declare the Irish Republic in the Easter Rising in Dublin.

April 25

1975: Portuguese Revolution begins.

April 26

1839: Australia's first and the world's second national park is established when the Royal National Park is gazetted.

1937: Nazis bomb the Basque town of Guernica in Spain.

1986: The Chernobyl nuclear power disaster in Ukraine.

From Green Left Weekly, April 20, 2005.
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