Saturday, November 24, 2007

On November 24, ...

... 1947 (60 years ago today), with fewer than 2 dozen of its hundreds of members voting "nay," the U.S. House of Representatives authorized contempt citations against 10 members of the film industry who refused to tell the House Un-American Activities Committee whether they were or had been Communists. Among those who went to Washington to support the 10 were film stars Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart (above). Urging the prosecution was Attorney General Tom C. Clark, who would serve as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court from 1949-1967.
... 1961, in Resolution 169, the U.N. Security Council announced its "deep regret and concern" respecting "human rights violations" and the "general absence of the rule of law" in Congo, and urged convening of the Parliament and reorganization of the armed forces so that they might be "brought under discipline and control."

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