Friday, March 28, 2008

On this day

On March 28, ...
... 1970, Michelle Gildernew (right) was born into a farm family of 10 in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. After university studies, she traveled in Europe, the United States, and Australia, then returned home and entered politics as a member of the Sinn Féin party. In 1998 Gildernew was elected to represent Fermanagh/South Tyrone in the Northern Ireland Assembly, a post she continues to hold. In the Assembly Cabinet she serves as Minister for the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. She was a member of the 1st Sinn Féin delegation to Downing Street, residence of the British Prime Minister, in 1997.
... 1898 (110 years ago today), in the case of United States v. Wong Kim Ark, the Supreme Court held that the 14th Amendment to the Constitution prohibited denial of citizenship to anyone born in the United States. The habeas petitioner, Wong (left), had been born in San Francisco to Chinese immigrant parents, yet was denied re-entry into the United States, after a visit to China, on grounds that he was not a U.S. citizen and that the Chinese Exclusion Act barred him from entering as an immigrant.

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