NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
29th October, 1922 : Benito Mussolini, the Duce of the Fascists, is the dictator of Italy, a position won for him by 24,000 of his black-shirted men who marched on Rome from Naples. Their leader was not with them. He was waiting in Milan, prepared to flee to Switzerland if march should fail. There was little opposition, however; the blackshirts were met with cheering crowds and King Victor Emmanuel summoned Mussolini to Rome, sending a special train for him. The crowd enthusiasm seemed to indicate that the Italians are delighted at the prospect of being ruled by a strong leader.