100 Years Ago – 7 May 1920

7 May 1920

The Scottish Miners’ Conference voted in support of a five-day working week, although this aim wasn’t ultimately achieved until the late 1940s. The conference also called for a minimum weekly wage of £5 10s.

The relationship between the United States, the UK and Ireland was questioned in the House of Commons, following an increase in support in the United States for an independent Ireland. Andrew Bonar Law said that it was clear that subscriptions for bond certificates to support Éamon de Valera and his campaigns were growing in the United States, but he said that they weren’t supported by the American Government. It later transpired that $5.5 million was raised in the United States, a much higher figure than had been anticipated.