1725, Oct 171797, Dec 26
an English radical, journalist, and politician. He was first elected Member of Parliament in 1757. In the Middlesex election dispute, he fought for the right of his voters—rather than the House of Commons—to determine their representatives. In 1768 angry protests of his supporters were suppressed in the St George's Fields Massacre. In 1771, he was instrumental in obliging the government to concede the right of printers to publish verbatim accounts of parliamentary debates. In 1776, he introduced the first bill for parliamentary reform in the British Parliament.
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04/30/1763-London journalist John Wilkes (and 48 others) arrested and confined in the Tower of London
11/16/1763-English journalist John Wilkes injured at duel
01/19/1764-John Wilkes is expelled from Parliament for reputedly libelous, seditious and pornographic writings
02/21/1764-John Wilkes thrown out of English House of Commons for Essay on Women 
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