Friday, March 9, 2007

On March 9, ....

...1841, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-1, in the Amistad decision by Justice Joseph Story, that African women, men, and children who had mounted a lethal mutiny against their Spanish enslavers were free people acting justifiably in self-defense. Critical was the 1819 statute defining slave-trading as piracy.
...1967, Svetlana Alliluyeva, Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin's daughter, sought political asylum at the U.S. Embassy in India.
...1990, Dr. Antonia C. Novello was appointed Surgeon General of the United States. The first Latina to hold the post, she served until 1993.

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