Monday, May 19, 2008

On May 19

On this day in ...
... 2006, the U.N. body charged with monitoring states parties' compliance with the Convention Against Torture, the Committee Against Torture, released a conclusions and recommendations, including the closure of Guantánamo, the camp on the island of Cuba where the United States has held suspected terrorists without trial since January 2002. My ASIL Insight on the committee's recommendation is here.
... 1536, Anne Boleyn was beheaded in the Tower of London on orders of her husband, the English King Henry VIII. Three years earlier Henry, angry that he and his 1st wife, Catherine, never had a male heir, had forced an international schism in order to obtain a divorce and marry the already pregnant Anne (right). No son was born to the couple, and so Henry had her arrested, tried on charges including witchcraft and adultery, and executed. Their daughter, Elizabeth I, would rule Britain for nearly 45 years.

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