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21 JUNE

THE IRISH FAMINE VICTIMS REMOVAL AND PUNISHMENT ACT BECOMES LAW

[ 21 June 1847 ]

On this day in 1847, the Poor Law Removal Act became law, allowing municipal authorities in England and Scotland to send any paupers claiming poor relief back to their place of origin with the minimum of legal formalities. 

MINISTER – SANCTIONING THE SHOOTING OF BOER PRISONERS WOULD BE “AWKWARD”

[ 21 June 1900 ]

On 21 June 1900, opposition was voiced by a minister in Cabinet to General’s kitchener’s ruthless war against Boer insurgents in South Africa, including the destruction of entire villages and the shooting of prisoners on sight. It was not on a point of principle but rather over concern as to how public opinion might react. 

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