Friday, March 2, 2007

On March 2, ...

... 1807 (200 years ago today), Congress became the first national parliament to legislate an end to international slave trafficking. After Jan. 1, 1808 (the date set in Art. I, § 9[1] of the Constitution), it would no longer "be lawful to import or bring into the United States or the territories thereof from any foreign kingdom, place, or country, any negro, mulatto, or person of colour, with intent to hold, sell, or dispose of such negro, mulatto, or person of colour, as a slave, or to be held to service or labour." But enslavement itself did not end until after the Civil War and adoption in 1865 of the 13th Amendment.
... 1970, Rhodesia's Prime Minister, Ian Smith, severed ties with Britain and declared the country a republic. His white-minority government would fall a decade later, and Robert Mugabe would become leader of the renamed Zimbabwe.
... 1943, U.S. Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro (D-Conn.) was born in New Haven, Conn.
... 1951, the Honourable Madam Justice Louise Charron, of the Canadian Supreme Court, was born in Sturgeon Falls, Ontario.

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