Sunday, November 11, 2007

On November 11, ...

... 1970, the Convention on the Non-Applicability of Statutory Limitations to War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity, which had been concluded 2 years earlier in New York, entered into force. Today the treaty, which would expose persons suspected of enumerated international crimes to the risk of prosecution no matter how old the alleged incident, has 51 states parties. Among these is found only 1 of the 5 permanent members of the U.N. Security Council -- the Russian Federation.
... 1946, U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) was born in Jacksonville, Florida.
... 1940, U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Cal.) was born in Brooklyn, New York. She's pictured at left on the Senate floor, outlining her opposition to the nomination of then-National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice to become Secretary of State. In January 2005 Rice was confirmed by the full Senate; Boxer was among 13 Senators who voted "nay."
... 1918, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, as schoolchildren learn, an armistice took effect, ending World War I on its western front, though sporadic violence continued for a time in the east. The ceasefire agreement'd been signed earlier in the day by the Axis power, Germany, and Allied powers, Britain, France, and the United States. The event is cause for memorials in many countries, by names varying from Fête de l'Armistice to Remembrance Day to Poppy Day (right) to Veterans Day.

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