Tuesday, January 22, 2008

On January 22, ...

... 1963 (45 years ago today), the Treaty between the Republic of France and the Federal Republic of Germany on French-German Cooperation, better known as the Elysée Treaty, was signed in Paris by Président Charles de Gaulle and Bundeskanzeller Konrad Adenauer. The treaty aimed to "brin[g] an end to the age-old rivalries" between the French and German peoples and to stress "the solidarity which unites the two peoples both with respect to their security and with respect to their economic and cultural development."
... 1973 (35 years ago today), by a vote of 7 to 2, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Roe v. Wade that the Constitution forbids criminal punishment of any woman who seeks to terminate an early pregnancy, and established a framework for regulation of abortions in later stages of pregnancy. The New York Times wrote then:

In a historic resolution of a fiercely controversial issue, the Court drafted a new set of national guidelines that will result in broadly liberalized anti-abortion laws in 46 states but will not abolish restrictions altogether.

As we've posted, in succeeding judgments the Court has cut back on the ruling in this case, argued for petitioner by a 26-year-old attorney, Sarah Weddington (above).
... 1962, U.S. Rep. Melissa Bean (D-Ill.) was born in Chicago.

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