13 JUNE

DAY AND NIGHT CURFEW IMPOSED IN NICOSIA

[ 13 June 1958 ]

On 13 June 1958, during an insurgency against British rule in Cyprus which had also exacerbated tensions between the Greek and Turkish communities, Major General Douglas Kendrew decided to order a day and night curfew on the entire population of Nicosia ‘until further notice.’

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RED CARPET AND KNIGHTHOOD FOR ROMANIAN TYRANT CEAUSESCU

[ 13 June 1978 ]

On this day in 1978, at the insistence of Britain’s Labour government, the Queen welcomed Romania’s dictator Nicolae Ceausescu at Buckingham Palace as part of a British effort to encourage the regime to continue to distance itself from Moscow.

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BRITAIN BACKS ESCALATION OF U.S. ASSAULT ON VIETNAM

US aircraft dropping tons of toxic defoliants to destroy crops in South Vietnam.
The U.S. National Agricultural Library via Wikipedia.

[ 13 June 1965 ]

Today in 1965, Labour MP Tony Benn noted in his diary, regarding the situation in Vietnam, that ‘the Americans are now deciding to invade in full strength and we are left in the embarrassing position of appearing to support them.’1

FOOTNOTE

  1. Tony Benn, Out of the Wilderness: Diaries 1963-67, Hutchinson, London, p. 273.

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