Sunday, February 3, 2008

On February 3, ...

... 2008, we wish a very Happy Birthday to Tiernan and Léa, IntLawChildren who're turning 10 and 13, respectively, this week! Tiernan's the creator of the peace poster featured in October and reprinted at left.
... 1998 (10 years ago today), at 6:45 p.m. Central time, Texas executed Karla Faye Tucker, the 1st woman put to death that state since the Civil War. Tucker, on death row for 15 years, had become a born-again Christian. Although evangelicals had taken up her cause,
her final appeals to the Supreme Court and to Gov. George W. Bush for a reprieve were denied today. She became the second woman executed in the United States since the Supreme Court allowed the death penalty to resume, in 1976.
... 1916, a protest was led by French-speaking teachers whose pay had been frozen on account of their resistance to state-imposed language restrictions. The teachers' stirke closed 17 bilingual schools in Ontario, Canada.

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