Tuesday, May 6, 2008

On May 6

On this day in ...
... 1882, the U.S. Congress passed An Act to Execute Certain Treaty Stipulations Relating to Chinese, better known as the Chinese Exclusion Act. The United States' 1st major immigration restriction, the Act provided that Chinese "skilled and unskilled laborers and Chinese employed in mining" who tried to enter in the next 10 years would face imprisonment and deportation, and further barred Chinese immigrants from U.S. citizenship. (photo credit)
... 2002, opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi left her lakeside villa for the 1st time in 19 months when Myanmar's military government released her from "house arrest and said it would allow her to pursue her political activities as leader of the country's democratic opposition." In fact, however, Suu Kyi (left) later would be returned to house arrest, and to this day, as we've posted, the junta in the country once known as Burma (site this weekend of a devastating cyclone) blocks her from seeking elective office.

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