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Parliament - Notable Historical Events

Martin LutherMay 8, 1521

Henry VIIIOct 30, 1534

Guy FawkesNov 5, 1605

Charles IJun 15, 1626

Charles IIFeb 5, 1649

Oliver CromwellMar 31, 1657

Charles TupperMay 1, 1896

Nicholas IIOct 30, 1905

Benito MussoliniNov 24, 1922

Adolf HitlerFeb 2, 1933

Winston ChurchillDec 30, 1941

Elizabeth IIJan 12, 1954

President ReaganJun 8, 1982

Hosni MubarakFeb 26, 2005

Stephen HarperNov 24, 2005

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Parliament - Historical Events
Date Event
887-11-11

Parliament in Tribur: King Charles III resigns

930-06-23

World's oldest parliament, the Icelandic Parliament, the Alþingi (anglicised as Althing or Althingi), established

1048-12-25

Parliament of Worms: Emperor Henry III names his cousin count Bruno van Egisheim/Dagsburg as Pope Leo IX

1077-04-03

The first Parliament of Friuli is created.

1264-06-18

The Parliament of Ireland meets at Castledermot in County Kildare, the first definitively known meeting of this Irish legislature.

1265-01-20

1st English Parliament called into session by Earl of Leicester

1265-01-23

1st English Parliament formally convened (some authorities)

1295-11-27

English King Edward I calls what later became known as "The Model Parliament" extending the authorities of its representatives

1376-04-28

English parliament demands supervision on royal outlay

1376-07-11

English "Good Parliament" meets

1404-01-13

The Act of Multipliers is passed by the English Parliament forbidding alchemists to use their knowledge to create precious metals (it was feared that if any alchemist should succeed it would bring ruin upon the state)

1439-11-12

Plymouth, England, becomes the first town incorporated by the English Parliament.

1521-05-08

Parliament of Worms installs edict against Martin Luther

1524-07-26

James V declared by Scottish Parliament fit to govern

1525-03-20

Paris' parliament begins pursuit of Protestants

1526-06-01

Parliament of Spiers: Lutheran monarchy freed of their belief

1527-01-01

Croatian nobles elect Ferdinand I of Austria as king of Croatia in the Parliament on Cetin.

1529-04-19

2nd Parliament of Spiers bans Lutheranism

1529-11-03

London - 1st sitting of the Reformation Parliament

1530-06-20

German Parliament joins to Augsburg together

1531-01-16

English Reformation parliament's 2nd sitting

1532-03-18

English parliament bans payments by English church to Rome

1534-10-30

English Parliament passes Act of Supremacy, making King Henry VIII head of the Church in England - a role formerly held by the Pope

1534-11-03

English parliament accepts Act of Supremacy: Henry VIII becomes Head of Church of England

1541-06-18

Irish parliament selects Henry VIII as king of Ireland

1542-01-21

Parliament passes bill of attainder against Queen Katherine Howard

1545-03-24

German Parliament opens in Worms

1555-10-21

English parliament refuses to recognize Philip of Spain as king

1555-11-12

The English Parliament re-establishes Catholicism.

1569-07-01

Latvia Parliament accept Union of Lublin, incorporate into Poland

1573-05-09

Polish Parliament selects Duke of Anjou as king

1575-12-14

Polish Parliament selects Istvan Bathory as king of Poland

1581-01-16

English parliament passes laws against Catholicism

1584-11-23

English parliament expels Jesuits

1587-03-01

English parliament leader Peter Wentworth confined in London Tower

1605-11-05

Gunpowder Plot; attempt to blow up King James I while he opened Parliament. Plot discovered and Guy Fawkes caught and tortured. He and seven others were later executed

1610-05-15

Parliament of Paris appoints Louis XIII (8) as French king

1614-04-05

2nd parliament of King James I begin session (no enactments)

1614-06-07

2nd parliament of King James I, dissolves passing no legislation

1621-12-18

English parliament accept unanimously, Protestation

1621-12-30

English king James I cracks Protestation of Parliament

1622-02-08

King James I disbands the English parliament

1624-02-12

English parliament comes together

1626-06-15

King Charles I disbands English parliament

1629-03-02

English King Charles I dissolves Parliament against opposition, imprisoning 9 members of parliament

1629-03-10

King Charles I dissolved Parliament; he recalled it 11 years later

1630-07-03

Emperor Ferdinand II opens German Parliament

1640-04-13

English Short Parliament forms (- May 5)

1640-05-05

English Short Parliament unites

1640-11-03

English Long Parliament forms

1642-01-04

King Charles I with 400 soldiers attacks the English parliament

1642-05-30

All honours granted by Charles I are retrospectively annulled by Parliament

1642-08-22

Civil War in England began between Royalists & Parliament

1642-11-13

Battle at Turnham Green outside London: King Charles I vs English parliament

1645-04-02

Robert Devereux resigns as parliament supreme commander

1645-04-03

English Long Parliament passes the Self-Denying Ordinance, limiting regional armies, significant step toward New Model Army

1646-07-30

English parliament sets king Charles I Newcastle Propositions

1647-01-23

Scottish Presbyterians sell captured Charles I to English parliament

1647-01-30

Scots agree to sell King Charles I to English Parliament for £400

1648-12-06

Pride's Purge: Thomas Pride prevents 96 presbyterians from sitting in English parliament

1649-01-06

The English Rump Parliament votes to put Charles I on trial for treason and other "high crimes"

1649-02-05

Prince of Wales proclaimed King Charles II of Great Britian by Covenanter Parliament of Scotland

1649-05-19

An Act declaring England a Commonwealth is passed by the Long Parliament. England would be a republic for the next eleven years.

1651-10-09

English parliament passes Navigation Act

1653-04-20

Cromwell routes English parliament to house

1653-05-24

German Parliament selects Ferdinand II king of Austria

1653-07-04

British Barebones Parliament goes into session

1653-10-01

Russian parliament accepts annexation of Ukraine

1653-12-12

English Barebones Parliament ends

1657-03-31

English Parliament makes the Humble Petition to Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell offering him the crown: he declines

1659-04-22

Lord protector Cromwell disbands English parliament

1659-12-26

Long Parliament reforms in Westminster

1660-03-16

English Long Parliament disbands

1660-04-25

English Convention Parliament meets & votes to restore Charles II

1660-05-08

English parliament declares Charles Stuart to be King Charles II of England

1661-07-27

English Parliament confirms Navigation Act

1663-07-27

English Parliament accepts Staple Act

1669-06-19

Polish parliament selects Litouwer Michael Wisniopwiecki as king

1671-04-22

King Charles II sits in on English parliament

1674-05-28

German Parliament declares war on France

1675-11-22

English king Charles II adjourns parliament

1678-11-30

Roman Catholics banned from English parliament

1679-01-24

King Charles II disbands English parliament

1680-03-22

Parliament of Breisach accepts French sovereignty over Elzas

1681-03-21

3rd Exclusion Parliament meets in London

1681-11-09

Hungarian parliament promises protestants freedom of religion

1687-07-02

King James II disbands English parliament

1689-01-22

Prince William of Orange (future King William III of Britain), summons Convention Parliament to discuss ruling jointly with his wife Mary

1689-01-28

English parliament resolved that the throne is vacant

1689-02-13

British Parliament adopts Bill of Rights - establishes limits on the crown and rights of parliament

1689-02-14

English parliament places Mary Stuart/Prince William III on the throne

1689-02-15

German Parliament declares war on France

1689-05-24

English Parliament guarantees freedom of religion for Protestants

1689-12-16

English Parliament passes Bill of Rights establishing limits on crown powers and requirement for regular elections

1694-07-27

Bank of England granted 12 year charter by Act of Parliament

1697-06-27

Polish parliament selects monarch August of Saxony as king

1697-11-10

English parliament accept army reduction

1702-03-21

Queen Anne Stuart addresses English parliament

1705-10-01

Parliament declares Hungary independently/French Rákóczi becomes king

1714-02-17

Parliament of Paris accepts Pope Clemens XI's "Unigenitus" degree

1722-06-30

Hungarian Parliament condemns Emperor Karel VI's Pragmatic Sanctions

1732-02-01

Parliament of Ratisborn accept Pragmatic Sanctions

1738-03-28

Parliament sends an address to the king requesting that he demand redress from Spain (War of Jenkin's Ear)

1741-09-11

Queen Maria Theresa addresses Hungarian Parliament

1749-05-11

British parliament accepts Consolidation Act: fleet reorganization

1753-05-09

King Louis XV disbands French parliament

1753-07-07

British Museum founded by an Act of Parliament (opens in 1759)

1753-07-07

British parliament grants Jews citizenship

1762-12-09

British parliament accepts Treaty of Paris

1763-04-30

Member of Parliament and journalist John Wilkes confined in the Tower of London, charged with seditious libel

1772-08-19

Gustav III seizes effective control of Swedish government & restores full power of monarchy, which had been subordinate to parliament since 1720

1773-04-27

British Parliament passes Tea Act (Boston won't like this)

1774-03-25

British Parliament passes Boston Port Bill

1774-06-22

British parliament accepts Quebec Act

1774-07-04

Orangetown Resolutions adopted in the Province of New York, one of many protests against the British Parliament's Coercive Acts

1775-02-09

English Parliament declares Mass colony is in rebellion

1775-03-22

Edmund Burke presents his 13 articles to the Westminster Parliament

1780-06-02

Anti-Catholic demonstration attacks parliament in London

1784-08-13

British parliament accepts India Act

1787-05-10

British Parliament impeaches Warren Hastings, Governor-General of Bengal

1787-07-15

Parliament of Paris banished to Troyes

1788-05-09

British parliament accepts abolition of slave trade

1788-06-21

Vizille France population demands local parliament

1801-01-01

The Irish Parliament votes to join the Kingdom of Great Britain, forming the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

1807-03-25

British Parliament abolishes slave trade

1812-05-11

British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval is assassinated by John Bellingham in the lobby of the House of Commons, London. Ironically, descendants of both were later elected to Parliament at the same time.

1825-06-22

British Parliament abolishes feudalism and the seigneurial system in British North America.

1829-04-28

Dutch parliament accepts new press laws

1832-03-23

British Parliament passes reform bill

1833-01-23

Joseph Pease, a Quaker, admitted to Parliament on his affirmation

1834-05-01

Belgian parliament accepts railway laws

1834-10-16

Much of the ancient structures of the Palace of Westminster (parliament) in London is burnt down.

1836-08-17

British parliament accept registration of birth/marriage/death

1840-07-23

Union Act passed by British Parliament, uniting Upper & Lower Canada

1841-06-14

1st Canadian parliament opens in Kingston, Ontario

1848-01-29

Sicily accepts new Constitution (choose parliament/freedom of press)

1848-07-19

German Parliament demands Dutch province of Limburg

1856-02-07

The colonial Tasmanian Parliament passes the first piece of legislation (the Electoral Act of 1856) anywhere in the world providing for elections by way of a secret ballot.

1858-07-23

Jewish Disabilities Removal Act passed by British Parliament

1858-07-26

Baron Lionel de Rothschild bcomes first Jewish person elected to British Parliament

1860-04-02

1st Italian Parliament met at Turin

1864-10-29

Greek parliament accept new Constitution

1867-05-20

British parliament rejects John Stuart Mills' proposals on women's suffrage

1870-05-20

Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament abolishes capital punishment in The Netherlands

1880-08-02

British Parliament officially adopts Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

1892-07-06

Dadabhai Naoroji elected as first Indian Member of Parliament in Britain.

1893-07-28

A petition demanding women's suffrage is delivered to the New Zealand parliament; it is signed by more 25,000 women, about a 5th of the entire adult European female population

1893-09-11

First conference of the World Parliament of Religions is held.

1896-05-01

Seven days after parliament was dissolved, Charles Tupper is sworn in as the 6th Prime Minister of Canada

1900-03-27

Recognising that the war in South Africa is going to take a major commitment, Parliament passes the War Loan Act, calling for £35 million to support the fight against the Boers.

1900-07-30

British Parliament passes several progressive social acts: a Mines Act, a Workmen's Compensation Act and a Railway Act

1901-03-29

Edmund Barton is elected Prime Minister in Australia's first election of its parliament

1901-05-09

The first Australian Parliament opens in Melbourne, though the first working session will not be until 21 May

1902-05-10

Portugal goes bankrupt, but its parliament passes a bill converting its external debt. Contributing to Portugal's troubles is a recent revolt in its colony of Angola, put down on 6 September

1902-05-30

Spanish King Alfonso XII, who was elected as a constitutional monarch, suspends the Cortes, Spain's parliament

1902-07-12

Australian parliament agrees to female suffrage

1902-12-18

British parliament passes the Education Act, which will come to be regarded as the most important legislation of Balfour's government

1903-12-09

Norwegian parliament vote unanimiously for female suffrage

1905-10-30

"October Manifesto" Russian Tsar Nicholas II grants civil liberties and accepts the first Duma (Parliament)

1906-01-01

The poll tax of £1 per head on all adult male inhabitants of Natal, South Africa, except indentured Indians and married Blacks, imposed by the Natal parliament in 1905, becomes payable.

1906-05-06

Tsar Nicolas II of Russia claims right to legislate by decree and restricts the power of the Duma (Russian Parliament)

1906-05-10

Russian Duma (Parliament) meets for 1st time

1906-12-13

German chancellor Bernhard von Bulow disbands the Parliament

1906-12-21

British Parliament pass two important pieces of social legislation: The Trades Disputes Bill, legalizing peaceful picketing, and The Workingmen's Compensation Act, broadening employers' liability for accidents

1907-02-13

English suffragettes storm British Parliament & 60 women are arrested

1907-04-12

In Switzerland, parliament passes a new army bill reorganizing the nation's forces into a standing militia, with training required for all males

1907-05-23

The single chamber Parliament of Finland gathers for its first plenary session.

1907-06-16

Tsar Nicolas II of Russia dissolves the Second Duma (parliament) and issues an edict that will increase representation of propertied classes while reducing that of peasants, workers and national minorities

1907-11-14

The Third Duma (Parliament) meets in Russia; following Tsar Nicholas II's limiting of the franchise, a conservative majority holds sway and suppresses the radical elements

1907-12-11

New Zealand Parliament Buildings almost completely destroyed by fire.

1908-06-10

The Australian Parliament passes the Invalid and Old Age Pensions Act providing for pensions for British subjects (excluding aborigines) at age 65

1908-12-17

In Turkey, the new parliament convenes, with reformist Young Turks as the majority

1909-03-12

Alarmed over increasing German naval strength, Parliament passes a new naval appropriations bill

1909-04-13

In Constantinople, the primarily Albanian First Army Corps seizes the parliament building and telegraphs offices, forcing the Ottoman statesman Hilmi Pasha to resign

1909-09-20

The British Parliament passes the South Africa Act; it calls for union of Cape Colony, Natal, Orange River Colony, and Transvaal; and both English and Dutch as official languages

1910-04-27

Belgian parliament rejects socialist motion for general voting rights

1910-05-04

Canadian parliament accept creation of Royal Canadian Navy

1911-02-22

The Canadian Parliament resolves to maintain union with the British Empire, while controlling domestic fiscal affairs

1911-05-15

British House of Commons accept Parliament Bill

1911-08-10

Parliament Act reduces power of House of Lords

1912-04-11

The British Parliament introduce a Irish home rule bill, granting Ireland its own bicameral parliament and be required to send a representative to the British House of Commons; Protestants in Ulster resist

1913-04-08

Opening of China's 1st parliament takes place in Peking (now Beijing)

1914-01-10

Yuan Shih-k'ai, president of the new Chinese republic, dissolves parliament and prepares a constitution of his own design: he will set himself up as dictator, preparatory to an attempt to make himself emperor

1914-12-05

The Italian Parliament proclaims the neutrality of the country.

1916-02-03

Canada's original Parliament buildings, in Ottawa, burns down

1916-04-06

German parliament OKs unrestricted submarine warfare

1918-07-03

SDAP'er Suze Groenweg elected 1st woman in Dutch parliament

1918-12-01

Danish parliament passed an act to grant Iceland independence under Danish crown

1919-01-21

Sinn Fein creates its own Free Irish parliament (dáil eireann) in Dublin, which brought about the Irish War of Independence.

1919-04-12

British Parliament passes a 48-hour work week with minimum wages

1919-12-01

Lady Nancy Astor sworn-in as 1st female member of British Parliament

1919-12-17

Austria parliament approves 8-hour day

1920-03-31

British parliament accepts Irish Home Rule law

1921-03-08

Spanish Premier Eduardo Dato Iradier is assassinated while exiting the parliament building in Madrid.

1921-05-24

1st parliament for Northern Ireland elected

1922-09-23

Gdynia Seaport Construction Act passed by the Polish parliament.

1922-10-24

German parliament mandates Ebert president until July 1925

1922-10-24

Irish Parliament adopts a constitution for an Irish Free State

1922-11-03

Greek parliament bans prince Andreas for life

1922-11-24

Italian parliament gives Benito Mussolini dictatorial powers "for 1 year"

1922-12-20

Polish parliament selects Stanislaw Wojcieckowski as president

1922-12-22

Belgian parliament rejects Dutch university in Ghent

1923-07-15

Italian parliament accepts new constitution

1923-12-08

Labour/Liberals win British parliament

1924-01-13

Nationalist Wafd-party wins Egyptian parliament elections

1924-02-24

Greek parliament proclaims republic

1924-03-25

Greek parliament selects admiral Paul Koundouriotis as premier

1924-04-06

Italy fascists receives 65% of vote of parliament

1924-05-30

Socialist Matteotti falls in Italian parliament by fascists

1925-01-03

Benito Mussolini dissolves Italian parliament/becomes dictator

1925-01-21

Albanian parliament announces itself a republic; Ahmed Zogoe president

1925-03-02

SDAP-Second-Faction of parliament demands drastic disarmament

1925-09-30

General Pangulos disbands Greek parliament

1925-11-25

KPD proposes German Parliament expropriate possession of monarchy

1925-11-27

German Parliament ratifies treaty of Locarno

1926-01-21

Belgian parliament accepts Locarno treaties

1927-05-09

The Australian Parliament first convenes in Canberra.

1928-07-02

British parliament reduces the age at women can vote to 21 - the same as men (Representation of the People Act 1928)

1928-07-19

King Fuad of Egypt siezes power and disbands parliament

1932-05-26

Admiral Makoto Saito forms parliament in Tokyo

1932-06-03

Paul Von Hindenburg disbands German Parliament

1933-02-01

German Parliament disolves, Gen Ludendorf predicts catastrophe

1933-02-02

2 days after becoming chancellor, Adolf Hitler dissolves Parliament

1933-02-06

Pres von Hindenburg & von Papen ends Prussian parliament

1933-02-27

German parliament building, Reichstag, destroyed by fire

1933-02-27

Nazis set fire to German parliament, blame it on Communists

1933-03-04

Chancellor Dollfuss dissolves Austrian parliament

1933-03-05

Germany's Nazi Party wins majority in parliament (43.9%-17.2M votes)

1933-07-01

The Canadian Parliament suspends all Chinese immigration.

1933-09-12

Dutch parliament accepts ban on uniforms

1933-09-13

Elizabeth McCombs becomes the first New Zealand woman Member of Parliament

1936-06-18

Polish parliament gives pres Ignacy Moscicki dictatorial power

1939-01-30

Hitler threatens the Jews during his speech to the German Reichstag (parliament)

1939-05-23

British parliament plans to make Palestine independent by 1949

1939-09-01

Switzerland mobilizes its forces and the Swiss Parliament elects Henri Guisan to head the Swiss Army (an event that can happen only during war or mobilization).

1941-12-30

Winston Churchill addresses Canadian parliament

1942-10-09

Statute of Westminster 1931 passed by the Australian parliament, formalises Australian autonomy.

1945-02-24

Egyptian Premier Ahmed Maher Pasha is killed in Parliament after reading a decree.

1945-11-20

Queen Wilhelmina opens parliament in Hague

1948-07-14

Palmiro Togliatti, leader of the Italian Communist Party, is shot near to the Italian Parliament.

1949-11-07

King Faruk disbands Egyptian parliament

1950-06-13

South African parliament accept "Groups Area Act"

1950-06-23

Swiss parliament refuses voting right for women

1951-10-15

Egyptian parliament accept denounces Suez Canal Treaty

1952-05-13

The Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Parliament of India, holds its first sitting.

1952-09-15

European Parliament forms in Strasbourg

1954-01-01

Yugoslav parliament chairman/VP Milovan Djilas criticize communism

1954-01-12

Queen Elizabeth II opens NZ parliament

1954-10-23

Pakistan governor-general Ghoelan Mohammed disbands parliament

1955-05-05

Indian parliament accept Hindu divorce

1955-05-20

Argentine parliament accepts separation of church & state

1956-04-17

USSR's Cominform (Parliament) dissolves

1957-10-14

Queen Elizabeth II becomes the first Canadian monarch to open the Parliament of Canada with the Speech from the Throne.

1957-10-29

Hand grenade explodes in Israel's Knesset (Parliament)

1958-03-25

West German parliament desires German atomic weapons

1958-12-03

Indonesian parliament accepts nationalisation of Dutch businesses

1959-05-30

Pres Stroessner disbands Paraguay's parliament

1960-03-06

President Sukarno disbands Indonesia's parliament

1960-05-19

Belgian parliament requires rest day for self employed

1960-09-02

The first election of the Parliament of the Central Tibetan Administration, in history of Tibet. The Tibetan community observes this date as the Democracy Day.

1961-01-18

Zanzibar's Afro-Shirazi party wins 1 seat by a single vote & parliament by a single seat

1963-05-22

Greek parliament leader Lambrakis injured

1963-11-18

King Hassan II opens 1st parliament in Morocco

1965-03-07

Christian-democrats win parliament in Chile

1965-09-19

Erhards CDU wins West German parliament elections

1965-09-24

Belgium Victor Leemans elected chairman of European Parliament

1968-05-16

In the Stormont (Northern Ireland parliament) by-election in the city of Londonderry (Derry) the Ulster Unionists retain the seat

1968-05-30

President De Gaulle disbands French parliament

1968-05-30

West German Parliament accepts emergency crisis law

1968-06-20

Austin Currie, then Nationalist Member of Parliament (MP) at Stormont, and a number of other people, protest discrimination in the allocation of housing by 'squating' (illegally occupying) in a house in Caledon, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland

1968-10-15

The Nationalist Party of Northern Ireland (NPNI) withdraws from its role as 'official' opposition within the Northern Ireland parliament at Stormont

1968-10-24

The People's Democracy (PD) stage a protest demonstration at Stormont Parliament buildings, Belfast, Northern Ireland

1968-12-12

Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill receives overwhelming support from Unionist Members of Parliament (MPs) at Stormont

1968-12-13

Pres Da Costa e Silva disbands parliament/grabs power

1969-02-03

Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill announces the dissolution of the Stormont parliament and the holding of an election on 24 February 1969

1969-02-24

Northern Ireland Stormont parliament election held leading to fragmentation of the Unionist party into 'Official Unionist' and 'Unofficial Unionist'

1969-04-17

People's Democracy activist Bernadette Devlin becomes the youngest woman Member of Parliament ever elected to Westminster at 21 years old

1969-09-28

SPD wins West German Parliament elections

1970-03-10

Members of the Stormont (Parliament of Northern Ireland) given police protection

1970-03-18

Five Unionist Members of Parliament (MPs), including William Craig and Harry West, are expelled from the Unionist Parliamentary Party, Northern Ireland

1970-04-16

Protestant Unionist Ian Paisley wins seat formerly held by Terence O'Neill in the Stormont (North Ireland Parliament

1970-06-22

Irish socialist, republican and Member of Parliament, Bernadette Devlin, loses her appeal against a 6-month prison sentence imposed for taking part in riots in Derry

1970-07-23

A ban on parades and public processions until January 1971 is announced by the Stormont government (North Ireland Parliament)

1970-08-26

Minister of Home Affairs Robert Porter resigns from the Stormont government (North Ireland parliament)

1971-06-18

Social Democratic and Labour Party and Nationalist Members of Parliament refuse to attend the state opening of Stormont (North Ireland Parliament)

1971-07-11

Chilean parliament nationalizes US copper mines

1971-07-16

The Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) withdraw from Stormont (North Ireland Parliament) after no inquiry is announced into the shooting dead of Seamus Cusack and Desmond Beattie

1971-08-05

The British Parliament debate the security situation in Northern Ireland

1971-08-18

New Zealand Prime Minister Keith Holyoake announces in Parliament that New Zealand's combat force would be withdrawn from Vietnam before the end of the year, coinciding with a similar announcement by the Australian government

1971-09-24

Eyskens-Cools disbands Belgium parliament

1971-10-05

A new sitting of the Northern Ireland parliament at Stormont begins, though the Social Democratic and Labour Party remain absent due to its continuing protest against Internment

1971-10-19

A group of f Northern Ireland Members of Parliament begin a 48 hour hunger strike against the policy of Internment

1972-02-17

British Parliament votes to join European Common Market

1972-03-30

Northern Ireland's Government and Parliament dissolved by the British Government and 'direct rule' from Westminster is introduced

1972-10-19

Ulster Vanguard leader William Craig speaks at a meeting of right-wing Members of Parliament at Westminster: "We are prepared to come out and shoot and kill"

1973-06-27

The President of Uruguay dissolves Parliament and heads a coup d'état.

1973-08-22

Chilean parliament accuses pres Allende violating laws

1974-06-17

The Provisional Irish Republican Army bomb the Houses of Parliament in London, injuring 11 people and causing extensive damage

1974-12-10

European Economic Community calls for a European Parliament

1975-01-25

Bangladeshi parliament disposes of premier sheik Mujib ur-Rahman

1976-10-03

Helmuth Kohl's CDU wins German parliament election

1976-11-18

Spain's parliament establishes democracy after 37 yrs of dictatorship

1977-10-17

Canada begins regular live TV coverage of Parliament

1979-03-21

Egyptian Parliament unanimously approve peace treaty with Israel

1979-03-22

Israeli parliament approves peace treaty with Egypt

1979-07-17

Simone Veil becomes chairman of European Parliament

1979-12-10

Piet Dankert appointed as chairman of European Parliament

1980-02-05

Egyptian parliament votes to end boycott of Israel

1980-06-23

South African Prime Minister P. W. Botha warns the country that confrontation will be inevitable if his proposed President's Council fails; the Council was part of Botha's plan to effect broad ranging constitutional changes which would allow for a role for both Indian and Coloured people in parliament but which still excluded direct political representation for African people.

1981-01-21

Norman Stronge and his son James (both former Ulster Unionist Members of Parliament) are assassinated by the Irish Republican Army at their home Tynan Abbey, which is then burnt down

1981-04-09

Irish hunger striker Bobby Sands wins a by-election to be elected as a Member of Parliament at Westminster; the law is later changed to prevent prisoners standing in elections

1981-04-10

Imprisoned IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands elected to British Parliament

1982-01-20

Piet Dankert elected chairman of European Parliament

1982-06-08

US President Reagan addresses joint session of British Parliament

1982-09-08

Dutch social democratic party wins elections, fascist enters Dutch parliament

1982-10-01

West Germany's Parliament ousts Helmut Schmidt for Helmut Kohl

1983-03-06

Helmut Kohl's CDU/CSU wins West German parliament elections

1983-05-16

Lebanese parliament accept peace accord with Israel

1983-12-05

ICIMOD established and inaugurated with its headquarters in Kathmandu, Nepal, and legitimised through an Act of Parliament in Nepal in the same year.

1984-07-13

The last sitting of an all-white Parliament in South Africa

1984-08-22

The United Democratic Front, an internal coalition of anti-apartheid groups in South Africa, organizes a highly successful boycotts of the Colored and Indian elections to parliament

1984-10-15

Centrum party expels 2nd Member of parliament Janmaat due to fraud

1985-04-25

West German Parliament ruled it illegal to deny the holocaust

1986-07-09

The New Zealand parliament pass the Homosexual Law Reform Bill legalising consensual sex between men aged 16 and older

1988-05-09

Australia's new parliament house is opened by Queen Elizabeth II in Canberra

1988-05-24

Section 28 is passed as law by Parliament in the United Kingdom (prohibiting promotion of homosexuality). Repealed 2001/2004

1988-05-29

Pakistan President Zia ul-Haq dismisses government and disbands parliament

1988-07-29

Gorbachev pushes plan electing president & parliament in March, 1989

1988-08-11

Meir Kahane renounced US citizenship to stay in Israeli Parliament

1989-05-26

Danish parliament allows same-sex marriage

1989-12-28

Alexander Dubček elected parliament chairman of Czech

1990-04-12

1st meeting of East German democratically elected parliament, acknowledges responsibility for Nazi holocaust & asks for forgivenesss

1990-05-04

Latvia's parliament votes 138-0 (1 abstention) for Independence

1991-05-20

Soviet parliament approves law allowing citizens to travel abroad

1991-06-20

The German parliament decides to move the capital from Bonn back to Berlin.

1991-10-08

The Croatian Parliament cuts all remaining ties with Yugoslavia

1992-01-01

Bush is 1st US president to address Australian Parliament

1992-07-17

Slovak parliament asks for self rule

1992-09-29

Parliament suspends president Fernando Collor

1993-09-15

Liechtenstein prince Hans-Adam II disbands parliament

1993-10-04

Troops of pres Yelsin occupy Russian White House (parliament)

1994-01-03

Restoration of South African citizenship, announced on 15 December 1993 by the South African parliament led by President F.W. de Klerk, becomes effective four months before the first South Africa non-racial polls of 27 April, 1994

1995-03-11

Pres Nazarbajev disbands Kazachstan parliament

1995-03-13

Anti fascist Kazachstan anti-parliament forms

1996-03-07

The first democratically elected Palestinian parliament is formed.

1997-03-24

Australian parliament overturns world's 1st & only euthanasia law

1997-09-11

After a nationwide referendum, Scotland votes to establish a devolved parliament, within the United Kingdom.

1998-11-26

Tony Blair becomes the first Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to address the Republic of Ireland's parliament.

1999-05-12

Sir David Steel becomes the first Presiding Officer (speaker) of the modern Scottish Parliament.

1999-07-01

The Scottish Parliament is officially opened by Queen Elizabeth on the day powers are officially transferred from the old Scottish Office in London to the new devolved Scottish Executive in Edinburgh.

1999-10-26

Britain's House of Lords votes to end the right of hereditary peers to vote in Britain's upper chamber of Parliament.

1999-10-27

Gunmen open fire in the Armenian Parliament, killing Prime Minister Vazgen Sargsyan, Parliament Chairman Karen Demirchyan, and 6 other members.

2000-07-20

In Zimbabwe, Parliament opens its new session and seats opposition members for the first time in a decade.

2001-01-29

Thousands of student protesters in Indonesia storm parliament and demand that President Abdurrahman Wahid resign due to alleged involvement in corruption scandals.

2001-09-14

Historic National Prayer Service held at Washington National Cathedral for victims of the September 11 attacks. A similar service is held in Canada on Parliament Hill, the largest vigil ever held in the nation's capital.

2001-12-13

the Indian Parliament Sansad is attacked by terrorists. 15 people are killed, including all the terrorists.

2003-07-02

Silvio Berlusconi, Prime Minister of Italy, insults German MP Martin Schulz by calling him a "kapo" during a session of the European Parliament.

2003-11-22

In Tbilisi, Georgia, opponents of President Eduard Shevardnadze seize the parliament building and demand the president's resignation.

2004-06-06

Tamil is established as a Classical language by the President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in a joint sitting of the two houses of the Indian Parliament.

2005-02-26

Hosni Mubarak the president of Egypt orders the constitution changed to allow multi-candidate presidential elections before September 2005 by asking Egyptian parliament to amend Article 76 of the constitution.

2005-09-12

The red-green coalition, led by Jens Stoltenberg, wins the Norwegian parliamentary election, taking 87 of 169 seats in the parliament.

2005-09-30

The Parliament of Catalonia passes with 120 plus votes and 15 against, the Project of New Catalan Statute of Autonomy, proclaiming in its article 1, "Catalonia is a nation".

2005-11-24

Leader of the Opposition in the Canadian Parliament Stephen Harper, introduces a motion of no confidence. The motion is passed on November 28 leading to the dissolution of the 38th Canadian Parliament.

2006-04-24

King Gyanendra of Nepal gives into the demands of protesters and restores the parliament that he dissolved in 2002.

2006-06-07

British Houses of Parliament temporarily shut down due to anthrax alert.

2007-02-19

Three Salvadoran deputies to the Central American Parliament and their driver are murdered in Guatemala.

2007-05-04

The Scottish National Party wins the Scottish general election and becomes the largest party in the Scottish Parliament for the first time ever.

2007-11-25

The first European Parliament election and a referendum on changing the voting system (called by the President and declared invalid because of insufficient turnout) were held in Romania.

2007-12-28

Nepal declared a federal democratic Republic by interim parliament, abolishing the monarchy.

2012-03-21

Greek Parliament votes in favour of an international bailout deal

2012-04-05

77-year old pensioner's suicide outside Greek parliament prompts further protests in Athens

2012-10-04

Turkey's parliament approves cross-border military operations in Syria

2012-10-04

Jordan's King Abdullah dissolves parliament in preparation for new elections

2012-10-08

Mustafa A.G. Abushagur, the first elected Libyan Prime Minister, is voted out of office by the Libyan parliament

2013-03-13

The European Parliament rejects a European Union budget for the first time

2014-02-22

Ukrainian parliament votes to remove President Viktor Yanukovych from his position

2014-07-01

Martin Schulz is re-elected President of the European Parliament

2015-10-29

EU Parliament votes to protect Edward Snowden

2015-12-07

Venezuela's opposition party wins parliament

2016-02-09

Japan's Parliament Condemns North Korea Rocket Launch

2016-03-15

Myanmar parliament elects first civilian president in decades

2016-11-03

Court to rule on whether London needs parliament to trigger EU exit

2016-11-29

South Korea's Park asks parliament to find way for her to step down

2018-03-18

China's Premier Li re-elected by parliament to premiership

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Parliament - Notable Birthdays

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Parliament - Birthdays
Date Event
1542-06-15

Richard Grenville, English parliament leader/vice-admiral (Roanoke)

1600-11-19

Charles I, King of England (1625-49); executed by Parliament

1619-09-17

John Lambert, English general-major/parliament leader

1786-12-04

John LA Luyten, Catholic Member of Dutch 2nd parliament [or 12/14]

1803-12-27

John ACA van Nispen Sevenaer, Member of Dutch 2nd parliament (1848-75)

1805-08-11

Pieter J Elout van Soeterwoude, Dutch judge/member of parliament

1808-12-29

Gyorgy Apponyi, Hungarian Parliament member

1809-06-27

Francois de Canrobert, French marshal/parliament member

1825-09-04

Dadabhai Naoroji, 1st Indian in British parliament

1834-09-15

Heinrich von Treitschke, German historian/parliament member

1838-07-30

Eugen Richter, German parliament member (Liberal)

1856-08-15

J Keir Hardie, 1st Labour representative in British Parliament

1857-09-29

Conrad T van Deventer, lawyer/2nd-Member of parliament

1862-09-13

Dirk Bos, Dutch liberal 2nd Member of parliament

1863-09-29

Hugo Haase, German SPD-German parliament/revolutionary

1865-07-26

Philipp Scheidemann, German Parliament (SPD)/mayor of Kassel

1866-12-29

Joseph Limburg, liberal Second-Member of parliament (1905-19)

1875-03-04

Suze Groeneweg, 1st Dutch female parliament member (SDAP, 1918-37)

1878-07-19

Robert H Woltjer, classical/AR-1st-Member of parliament (About Plato)

1880-09-22

Asser B Kleerekoper, journalist/2nd-Member of parliament (SDAP)

1887-04-21

John Garside, Parliament of Science

1894-07-19

Joris [Georges] of Severen, Flemish fascist/Member of parliament

1900-07-13

JH Scheps, Dutch 2nd-Member of parliament (social democratic)

1906-12-16

Lord Margadale, English Conserv parliament leader/large landowner

1908-9-26

Lewis Hahn, A Parliament of Minds: Philosophy for a New Millennium

1910-12-13

Marjorie Grene, A Parliament of Minds: Philosophy for a New Millennium

1912-11-29

John Marks Templeton, A Parliament of Souls

1914-06-27

Giorgio Almirante, Italy, fascist (member of parliament (1948-87))

1914-06-29

Dr Nnoseng Ellen Kate Khuzwayo, Thaba-Nchu Orange Free State, South African member of parliament (ANC) and noted writer ("Call me Woman")

1916-06-22

Emil Fackenheim, A Parliament of Souls

1916-9-24

Chidananda Saraswati, A Parliament of Souls

1925-03-27

Lord Plumb [Charles Henry Plumb], Member of the European Parliament

1926-07-05

Haya van Someren-Downer, 2nd Member of parliament (Dutch Lib Party)

1927-03-27

Lord Fanshawe of Richmond [Anthony Henry Fanshawe Royle], Member of Parliament

1927-07-13

Simone Veil, Pres European parliament (France)

1930-08-04

David M G Curry, South African Labour Party parliament leader

1931-05-25

Peter Caws, A Parliament of Minds: Philosophy for a New Millennium

1931-11-05

A.T. Ariyaratne, A Parliament of Souls

1931-11-09

L.M. Singhvi, A Parliament of Souls

1932-01-05

John J. McDermott, A Parliament of Minds: Philosophy for a New Millennium

1932-12-28

Roy Hattersley, British journalist/Labour-parliament leader

1937-08-04

Jacobus H "Koos" van de Merwe, S Afr attorney/CP parliament leader

1937-10-04

David A. Crocker, A Parliament of Minds: Philosophy for a New Millennium

1939-05-01

Robert Cummings Neville, A Parliament of Minds: Philosophy for a New Millennium

1940-02-06

Wei-ming Tu, A Parliament of Minds: Philosophy for a New Millennium

1941-06-28

David Johnston, Sshootings at Parliament Hill, Ottawa

1941-07-22

George Clinton, Kannapolis NC, rocker (Parliament-Funkadelic)

1947-04-24

Josep Borrell Fontelles, Former President of the European Parliament

1948-08-02

Bob Rae, Leaving Parliament Hill/The Ambassador Says Goodbye

1951-11-28

John Stuhr, A Parliament of Minds: Philosophy for a New Millennium

1951-9-08

Nancy Tuana, A Parliament of Minds: Philosophy for a New Millennium

1953-12-06

Geoff Hoon, State Opening of Parliament

1954-07-02

Chris Huhne, State Opening of Parliament

1954-09-20

Anne Mcintosh, British member European parliament

1955-09-20

Christine Oddy, British member European parliament

1956-12-11

Andrew Lansley, State Opening of Parliament

1957-04-15

Tom Huhn, A Parliament of Minds: Philosophy for a New Millennium

1958-05-04

Caroline Spelman, State Opening of Parliament

1961-04-18

Pamella Bordes, New Dehli India, Brit parliament prostitute

1961-11-24

Carlos Carnero, Spanish member of parliament

1962-05-12

Lewis Gordon, A Parliament of Minds: Philosophy for a New Millennium

1963-07-17

Michael Halberstam, A Parliament of Minds: Philosophy for a New Millennium

1968-03-10

Thio Li-ann, Singaporean law academic and Nominated Member of Parliament

1979-05-21

Jamie Hepburn, Member of the Scottish Parliament

Parliament - Weddings
Date Event
2004-04-24

Prince Friso of Orange (35), 2nd son of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands marries Mabel Wisse Smit (35) without formal permission of parliament.

Parliament - Deaths
Date Event
1632-11-27

John Eliot, English parliament leader/author (In Jail), dies at 40

1651-11-26

Henry Ireton, English gen/parliament leader (Marston Moor), dies at 40

1793-08-28

Adam-Philippe Custine, French earl/general/parliament member, dies

1797-07-09

Edmund Burke, British author/parliament leader (Reflections), dies at 68

1828-09-10

Count d'Andreossi, French general/parliament leader, dies at 67

1859-09-15

John LA Luyten, Catholic Member of Dutch 2nd parliament, dies at 72

1863-09-17

Albartus Telting, Fries poet/2nd-Member of parliament, dies

1868-08-25

Jacob van Lennep, Dutch 2nd member of parliament, dies at 66

1892-05-17

Gyorgy Klapka, Hungarian general/parliament leader, dies at 72

1897-12-18

Carlo A Alfieri, Italian Member of parliament, dies at 70

1909-08-19

Rembt THPLA of Boneval Faure, lawyer/1st-Member of parliament, dies

1927-07-23

Saad Zaghlul, Egyptian parliament chairman, dies at 74

1940-05-15

Joseph Limburg, liberal 2nd-Member of parliament (1905-19), dies at 75

1940-05-20

Joris [Georges] van Severen, Flem fascist/Member of parliament, dies

1943-04-14

Asser B Kleerekoper, SDAP-Second-Member of parliament, dies at 62

1945-02-24

Ahmed Maher Pasha, Egypt's PM, assassinated in parliament

1948-08-03

Albert F Pollard, Brit historian (Evolution of parliament), dies at 78

1955-04-23

Robert H Woltjer, classical/AR-First-Member of parliament, dies at 76

1958-04-18

John Garside, Parliament of Science

1962-08-19

Kerstin Hesselgren, 1st woman in Swedish parliament, dies at 90

1963-05-27

Lambrakis, Greek EDA-parliament leader, murdered

1963-09-04

Robert Schuman, French premier/chair (European Parliament), dies at 77

1973-10-21

Arabi El Goni, VP/Chad parliament, murdered

1974-01-14

Josef Smrkovsky, Czechoslovakia parliament chairman, dies at 62

1981-01-21

Norman Stronge, former Ulster Unionist Member of Parliament, assassinated by IRA alondside son James

1981-01-21

James Stronge former Ulster Unionist Member of Parliament, assassinated by IRA, alondside his father Norman

1986-10-16

C Wttewaall van Stoetwegen, CHU Member of Dutch parliament, dies at 85

1988-05-22

Giorgio Almirante, Italy, fascist (member of parliament), dies at 73

1989-09-26

Pavlos Bakoyannis, Greek parliament leader, murdered in Rome

1990-07-30

Ian Gow, British Conservative parliament leader, murdered

1996-12-09

Alain Poher, French pres of European Parliament (1966-69), dies

2003-09-19

Emil Fackenheim, A Parliament of Souls

2004-11-23

Lewis Hahn, A Parliament of Minds: Philosophy for a New Millennium

2006-05-17

Eric Forth, British Member of Parliament (b. 1944)

2007-01-03

Sir Cecil Walker, Ulster Unionist Member of Parliament for North Belfast 1983-2001 (b. 1924)

2007-10-13

L.M. Singhvi, A Parliament of Souls

2008-07-08

John Marks Templeton, A Parliament of Souls

2008-08-28

Chidananda Saraswati, A Parliament of Souls

2009-03-16

Marjorie Grene, A Parliament of Minds: Philosophy for a New Millennium

2016-06-25

Bernie Worrell, Parliament-Funkadelic co-founder, dies aged 72


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