On This Day
1708 – Queen Anne withholds Royal Assent from the Scottish Militia Bill, the last time a British monarch vetoes legislation.
The Scottish Militia Bill 1708 (known formerly as the Scotch Militia Bill) was a bill that was passed by the House of Commons and House of Lords of the Parliament of Great Britain in early 1708. However, on 11 March 1708, Queen Anne withheld royal assent on the advice of her ministers for fear that the proposed militia would be disloyal. This was due to the sudden appearance of a Franco-Jacobite invasion fleet en route to Scotland which gave ministers second thoughts, at the last minute, about allowing it to reach the statute books. It was the last occasion on which the royal veto was used.
The bill’s long title was “An Act for settling the Militia of that Part of Great Britain called Scotland”. Its object was to arm the Scottish militia, which had not been recreated at the Restoration. This happened as the unification between Scotland and England under the Acts of Union 1707 had been passed.
On the day the bill was meant to be signed, news came that the French were sailing toward Scotland for the planned invasion of 1708 and there was suspicion that the Scots might be disloyal. Therefore, support for a veto was strong.
The Scottish Militia Bill 1708 is the last bill to have been refused royal assent. Before this, King William III had vetoed bills passed by Parliament six times. Royal assent to bills generally came to be viewed as a mere formality once both Houses of Parliament had successfully read a bill three times, or a general election had taken place.
In the British colonies, the denial of royal assent (exercised on the advice of ministers) had continued past 1708, and was one of the primary complaints of the United States Declaration of Independence in 1776: that the King “has refused his Assent to Laws, most wholesome and necessary for the public Good” and “He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing Importance”.
Born On This Day
1893 – Wanda Gág, American author and illustrator (d. 1946)
Wanda Hazel Gág /ˈɡɑːɡ/ (March 11, 1893 – June 27, 1946) was an American artist, author, translator, and illustrator. She is best known for writing and illustrating the children’s book Millions of Cats, the oldest American picture book still in print. Gág was also a noted print-maker, receiving international recognition and awards. Growing Pains, a book of excerpts from the diaries of her teen and young adult years, received widespread critical acclaim. Two of her books were awarded Newbery Honors and two received Caldecott Honors.
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Born to War:The horror and struggle of Berliners during and following World War II, as seen through the eyes of a child who experienced it, and lived to tell about it.Christa Ingrid Reynolds, Merton Reynolds
Born to War is intended to, through my eyes as a Berlin child, point out how easily freedom can be lost, and the pain and suffering required to regain that lost freedom. It’s a message that war does not distinguish between guilt and innocence. The pain and suffering of war is ladled out equally to all in its path.
Ours was a constant struggle for survival, for food, water, and warmth, the bare necessities of life. For many months we lived above ground when possible, and below ground when necessary, as hundreds of Allied aircraft dropped bombs on the city both day and night.
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Today’s A Mighty Girl Community Pick: “My Little Golden Book About Betty White.” Betty grew up with a love of nature and animals and even considered becoming a forest ranger or zookeeper. But since girls weren’t allowed in those careers at the time, she set her sights on pursuing her passion for acting instead. In the early years of TV, she not only showed a gift for comedy; she also became the first woman to produce her own sitcom. And as her fame and fortune rose, she also gave back: she was a dedicated humanitarian, with a particular focus on animal welfare. With its simple language and vibrant, colorful illustrations, this new Little Golden Book is the perfect way to share Betty White’s inspiring story with a new generation! Highly recommended for ages 4 to 8.
“My Little Golden Book About Betty White” is available at https://www.amightygirl.com/little-golden-book-betty-white
Betty White was also the author of two inspiring memoirs for adult readers: “If You Ask Me: (And of Course You Won’t)” (https://www.amightygirl.com/if-you-ask-me) and “Here We Go Again: My Life In Television” (https://www.amightygirl.com/here-we-go-again)
For adult readers, we also recommend “When Women Invented Television” about Betty White and three other women who helped create modern television at https://www.amightygirl.com/when-women-invented-television
This Golden Book biography series also includes picture books on Dolly Parton (https://www.amightygirl.com/little-golden-book-dolly-parton), Ruth Bader Ginsburg (https://www.amightygirl.com/my-little-golden-book-rbg), Frida Kahlo (https://www.amightygirl.com/my-little-golden-book-kahlo), and Misty Copeland (https://www.amightygirl.com/golden-book-misty-copeland)
And to inspire young readers with the true stories of more inspiring female trailblazers in the arts, sciences, and other fields, visit A Mighty Girl’s “Role Models” biography section at http://amgrl.co/2wRJudE
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