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Following the end of the International Socialist Meeting in Amsterdam on 22 August, the delegates take to the floor. The flamboyant, giant Dutch delegate Henri van Kol starts dancing, encouraged and... [Item of the Day]
Luíz Inácio Lula da Silva, like many other boys from poor Brazilian families, started his career as a bootblack. On his 57th birthday, 27 October 2002, he is elected president of Brazil. This is an... [Item of the Day]
The Mayor of Amsterdam pretended to be out when a demonstration halted at the door of his official residence on 11 August 1872. The demonstration was organized by the chairman of the First... [Item of the Day]
Sturm und Drang marked the life of Ferdinand Lassalle. Born in 1825 in Eastern Prussia as Ferdinand Lasal, he changed his name to one that sounded less Jewish and more like a revolutionary French... [Item of the Day]
In the early night of 6 December 1895 three burglars broke into a Frisian farmhouse to steal money. The farmhand woke up and tried to stop them. During the fight the burglars fired their revolver and... [Item of the Day]
On 15 August 1750 Sylvain Maréchal, one of the most radical socialist atheists, was born in Paris. He was the author of an almanac in which he proposed a new calendar that replaced the names of the... [Item of the Day]
The poor situation of the early socialist movement in Puerto Rico can be seen in its newspaper, a folded folio named El Porvenir Social. There are eight vendors who sell El Porvenir in the capital of... [Item of the Day]
At the end of the nineteenth century the developing mine industry, public services and factories in Chile led to the formation of working class parties. The Partido Obrero Francisco Bilbao founded in... [Item of the Day]
'Seize the power that is bestowed on you and do what thou canst. We are making a revolution because it can and must be done. . . .', exclaimed the Dutch social democratic leader Pieter Jelles... [Item of the Day]
The Dreyfus affair had divided the French socialists on their attitude towards the (bourgeois) republican government. The 1899 socialist conference in Salle Japy in Paris, for the first time brought... [Item of the Day]