Friday, February 1, 2008

On February 1, ...

... 1804, at some point in the month of February, in the U.S. Supreme Court decision entitled Murray v. The Schooner Charming Betsy, Chief Justice John Marshall wrote that "an act of congress ought never to be construed to violate the law of nations, if any other possible construction remains." The persistence of this canon inspired alumna IntLawGrrl Mary I. Coombs to make "Charming Betsy" as her namesake.
... 2007, is known on the Celtic Calendar as Imbolc or Oimelc, 2 "names which refer to the lactation of the ewes, flow of milk that heralds the return of the life-giving forces of spring." In later times the day came to be associated with St. Brigid, an Irish saint herself associated with an ancient Celtic goddess.
... 2007, Americans begin celebration of Black History Month. In the United Kingdom, it is Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender History Month (Americans commemorate LGBT history in October).

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