Wednesday, January 23, 2008

On January 23, ...

... 1997, Madeleine Albright was sworn in as the United States' 64th Secretary of State, the 1st woman ever to hold that position. Albright, who'd been born Marie Jana Korbelová in 1937 in Prague, Czechoslovakia, previously had served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, as a member of President Bill Clinton's Cabinet, and as a member of the United States' National Security Council.
... 1912, the International Opium Convention was signed at The Hague, Netherlands. Aimed at illicit narcotics derived from poppies -- as shown in the 1859 Harper's Weekly editorial cartoon at right, opiates that were in "widespread use" in the 19th century -- this was the 1st multilateral drug control pact.

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