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The Titanic and Home Rule
In 1912 Home Rule for Ireland once again was at the forefront of Parliament's agenda. The Home Rule Bill met sharp opposition from the Ulster Unionists. They could not accept the possibility of being ruled from Catholic Dublin. They wanted their own army and were given permission by local magistrates to set up a militia. Thus, the Ulster Volunteer Force was formed. The Home Rule Bill passed through the Commons only to be rejected by the Lords. Under the new Parliament Act, in two years it could be on the Statute Book because the Lords could now only delay rather than veto.

Next on the Parliament's agenda was universal suffrage. Christabel Pankhurst left the Women's Social and Political Union in 1912 to devise a more militant campaign.

Captain Scott
Captain Scott

  • An explorer
  • Originally a naval man, winning the rank of Captain in 1906
  • Spent most of his professional life in the Antarctic, first as Commander of the National Antarctic Expedition 1900-1904
  • His ambition was fulfilled when he reached the South Pole in 1912 though this proved to be one month later than Amundsen and his Norwegian team
  • Died in a blizzard and was knighted posthumously

did you know?
In 1912 the Titanic sank with more than 1,600 passengers and crew drowned.

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1908Campbell-Bannerman dies
Asquith becomes Prime Minister
1909Old Age Pensions are introduced
1910George V becomes King
The Union of South Africa is established
1911National Insurance Acts are passed
1912Scott reaches the South Pole
Balkan Wars break out
1913Trade Union Act and Cat and Mouse Act are passed
1914Irish Home Rule Act is passed
World War I breaks out
1915 The coalition government is formed
1916 Lloyd George becomes Prime Minister
The Easter Rising occurs in Ireland
1917 The Americans enter the war
1918 The RAF is formed
World War I ends

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