It’s March 27th – today is the 26th anniversary of the Russell Street bombing, that injured 22 people, including Constable Angela Taylor, who died 24 days later. I pay respect to the memory and sacrifice of all police officers killed in the line of duty.

And on this day in 1981 the Polish Solidarity movement staged a four-hour warning strike that involved between 12 and 14 million workers, in response to the the savage beatings by Communist security personnel of several Solidarity leaders. The biggest strike in Communist history, it has been described as “the most impressive democratic mass mobilization of any modern European society in peacetime, against its rulers’ wishes.”