Sunday, April 20, 2008

On April 20

... 1925, Pattie H. Field was sworn in as the 1st woman in the Foreign Service of the U.S. State Department. She served as Vice Consul in Amsterdam, Netherlands, until June 27, 1929, when she resigned to take a position with the National Broadcasting Co.

... 1968 (40 years ago today), what the BBC called "a hard-hitting speech attacking the government's immigration policy " was made by Britain's "Conservative right-winger, Enoch Powell." He deplored what he saw as a trend toward admitting more immigrant, and likened the prospect of passage of a bill to combat racial discrimination "throwing a match on to gunpowder." As a result of the speech, Powell was "sacked from the shadow cabinet, ending his hopes of a post in a future Conservative government."

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