This day in Commonwealth Club history: British economist William H. Beveridge spoke of "The Foundations of Security: The Beveridge Plan" in a June 18, 1943, speech to The Commonwealth Club of California.
Beveridge — later named the 1st Baron Beveridge — designed the welfare system adopted by Great Britain after the Labour Party defeated Winston Churchill in 1945.
Today in Commonwealth Club history: "The Russian Government and the American Passport" was the title of the speech delivered to The Commonwealth Club of California on June 17, 1911.
By Amelia Cass
This day in Commonwealth Club history: On June 12, 1909, Supervisor J. A. Johnston called for the creation of a municipal streetcar line to prevent United Railroads from monopolizing San Francisco’s transit system, saying, – http://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&d=SFC19090613.2.75 — “Gentlemen, I think you will agree with me when I say that if we do not run our public utility services, the public utility services will run us."
Starting service in 1912, the publicly owned transit agency would employ operators who had been blacklisted by United Railroads for striking, and Muni has had a strong relationship with labor ever since. That relationship is presently being tested in contentious contract negotiations with the Transport Workers Union. [See http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Muni-officials-expect-normal-servi... ]
Today in Commonwealth Club of California? history: Japanese peace activist and social reformer Toyohiko Kagawa discussed his work with the poor in a June 5, 1935, speech titled "Up from the Slums of Japan."
For more on Kagawa and his postwar work in Japan, see Wikipedia.