The list of Lodge members included Silvio Berlusconi. Prime Minister Arnaldo Forlani was compelled to resign and his government fell.
On this day the effects of one of the biggest political scandals in the history of Italy were felt. It was the revealing of a list of names of the secret Masonic lodge Propaganda Due (P2) members. Italian authorities published the list on 21 May 1981 and, only five days later, the entire government was compelled to resign. The list contained the names of high government officials, including three ministers, all heads of secret services, and about two hundred military officers. In addition, the list included the names of Italy’s business leaders, like the bankers involved in the scandal of the collapse of Banco Ambrosiano.
Of course, Silvio Berlusconi was on the list as well. Italian Communists accused the government for delaying the publication of these names. On this day, Prime Minister Arnaldo Forlani was compelled to resign and his government fell. The liberal Giovanni Spadolini became the new prime minister, thus becoming the first Italian prime minister since World War II who was not a member of Christian Democracy.