... 2002, the treaty establishing the International Criminal Court entered into force. Today more than 100 countries are states parties to the ICC treaty; the United States is not among them.
... 1997 (10 years ago today), in a transfer of sovereignty ended 156 years of colonial rule stemming from the 19th century opium wars, Britain returned Hong Kong to China. China agreed "to maintain Hong Kong's way of life largely unaltered for the next 50 years."
... 1946, the Honourable Madam Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella (above), of the Canadian Supreme Court, was born in Stuttgart, Germany; she immigrated to Canada in 1950.