If, like most Brits, you enjoy a regular cup of tea, spare a thought today for all the people whose labours put that delicious, refreshing and affordable brew on your table.
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After an unsettled period of rifts and divisions, Britain’s Labour Party got a new leader on December 14th, 1955, in the shape of 49-year-old Hugh Gaitskell.
The first European to set eyes on New Zealand did so 375 years ago today, on December 13th, 1642.
Two years after it was stolen from the Louvre, in Paris, the world’s best known painting was found in the hotel bedroom of an Italian waiter in Florence on December 12th, 1913.
Remember the ‘Cod Wars’ – the series of bitter confrontations between the UK and Iceland over disputed fishing rights in the North Atlantic?