What should we be remembering from 1919?

Soldiers revolts inc:

3 January – soldiers blockade Folkestone harbour in protest against being returned to France

4-5 March – Kinmel Park revolt by Canadian troops awaiting repatriation

17 June – Canadian troops protest at Epsom

Race Riots, inc.

23 January – Glasgow among merchant seamen

Industrial and Civil Unrest

27 Januaryff – general strike over working hours led by engineering workers in Glasgow and Belfast

31 January –  Battle of George St Glasgow: army deployed

31 July – Police strike in London and Liverpool


19-22 February – Pan African Congress Paris

13 April – Amritsasr Massacre by British and Gurkha troops kill 379 Sikhs and injure more than 1200.

May – August 3rd Anglo-Afghan War with Afganistan obtaining its independence from Britain

War and Peace

3 April – Government agrees to begin release of conscientious objectors

21 June – Germans scuttle their captured fleet at Scapa Flow

28 June – Treaty of Versailles

19 July – Peace Day: victory parades.  Ex-servicemen burn down Luton Town Hall

27 September – last British troops leave  Russia

11 November – first Remembrance Day

Domestic Affairs  

31 July – Housing, Town Planning Act: government funding for council housing

15 August – Restoration of Pre-War Practices Act provides for returning servicemen to get their old jobs back

28 November – Nancy Astor elected as MP

23 December – Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act removes legal disabilities on women entering the secular professions

Foreign Affairs

(leaving aside the Russian Revolution and other revolutionary attempts)

25 January – League of Nations founded

19-22 February – Pan African Congress Paris

4 March – Communist International founded

29 June International Labour Organisation founded

7 November – US Palmer Raid arrests 10,000+ suspected communists and anarchists

30 November – Spanish flu pandemic declared officially over

About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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