50 Years Ago Today

FREDERIKA: VOTES FOR WOMEN: This year the annual royal reception for parliamentary deputies and their wives was not the garden party of last year, but was held in the grand reception hall of the palace. (…) Dressed in a velvet jacket and blue silk skirt, the queen circled the room chatting with everyone. (…) Supported by the wives of the deputies, the queen made the argument to (Panayiotis) Kanellopoulos that it was unheard of not to give the vote to women in the parliamentary elections (as well as in the municipal elections). The wife of one deputy said the constitution was to blame but the queen replied there was no provision in the constitution banning the vote for women; the question could be settled by law. She added, The only way is for you to exert pressure on your husbands to push for it in Parliament. DEATH SENTENCE SOUGHT: The trial of Nikos Beloyiannis and 92 other communists continued yesterday at a military court presided over by Lt. Col. Andreas Stavropoulos. Commissioner Karkatzis asked for the death sentence for 12 of the accused, namely, Beloyiannis, E. Ioannidou, A. Kanellopoulos, D. Kanellopoulos, A. Maniati, E. Dromazos, D. Papayiannis, D. Kalofolias, T. Georgiadou, P. Papanikolaou, S. Grammenos and C. Nikolakopoulos. In this sense, if Blair’s initiative was characterized by several European leaders as a blow to the concept of a common EU foreign and defense policy, then the reactions by the leaders excluded from the talks provided it near-official status via the participation of institutional officials…

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