Tuesday, May 15, 2007

On May 15, ...

...1937 (70 years ago today), Madeleine K. Albright (left), the United States' 1st woman Secretary of State (1991-97), was born in Prague, in what was then Czechoslovakia.
...1869, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton co-founded the National Woman Suffrage Association, an organization dedicated to securing an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would extend the franchise to women.
...1252 (755 years ago today), Ad exstirpanda, a bull issued by Pope Innocent IV, authorized the use of torture to extract confessions from presumed heretics. Succeeding popes reaffirmed the proclamation, and torture became widespread in Catholic Europe.

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