Tuesday, June 19, 2007

On June 19, ...

... 1945, a daughter was born to in the city then known as Rangoon to Aung San, commander of the Burma Independence Army, and Daw Khin Kyi, senior nurse of Rangoon General Hospital. Named Aung San Suu Kyi, she would devote her life to nonviolent struggle for change in her country, renamed Myanmar following a military coup. The 1990 electoral victory of her opposition party resulted not in a change in government, but in the house-arrest of Suu Kyi. In 1990 her son accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on her behalf. Despite international outcry, Suu Kyi's remained in detention at her home in the city of her birth, now known as Yangon, for 11 of the last 17 years; recently, detention was extended for yet another 12 months. (photo courtesy of Suu Kyi's website)
... 1862 (145 years ago today), an act declaring that "there shall be neither slavery nor involuntary servitude in any of the Territories of the United States ... otherwise than in punishment of crimes whereof the party shall have been duly convicted" was approved. Marking the occasion to this day are Juneteenth celebrations, not only in the United States, but throughout the world.

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