Tuesday, February 19, 2008

On this day

On February 19, ...
... 1674, England and the Netherlands concluded the Treaty of Westminster, which brought to an end a 2-year-old Third Anglo-Dutch War. As a result of this treaty, the North American province that the Dutch had called New Netherland (right) was returned to the British and renamed New York.
... 1918 (90 years ago today), the Central Executive Committee issued a Soviet decree banning private property. The 1st 2 articles of the law stated:
Article 1. All private ownership of land, minerals, waters, forests, and natural resources within the boundaries of the Russian Federated Soviet Republic is abolished forever.
Article 2. Henceforth all the land is handed over without compensation (open or secret) to the toiling masses for their use.

... 1948 (60 years ago today), U.S. Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.) was born in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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