On April 2, 1887, Grand Council Minority Leader Scott Ruggles of the Northern Confederation gave a speech in which he harped on the failures of Governor-General John McDowell's policies. Ruggles said, "Let Mr. McDowell ask us for what he will. He has a majority in the Grand Council, and can have anything he wants from it. Indeed, we would be willing to support his plans, for the People's Coalition wants peace and harmony as much as anyone else. The truth of the matter is that the Age of Renewal is, and always has been, a sham. The Liberals have had their chance, and have failed. Now it is time for true reform, and not just fancy maneuverings."
Ruggles' speech was reported the next day in the New York Herald.
On April 2, 1901, Chief of State Benito Hermión announced the transformation of the United States of Mexico into the Mexican Empire, with himself as its first Emperor, and his thirty-three year old son Frederick Hermión as Crown Prince.