Wednesday, June 18, 2008

On June 18

On this day in ...

... 1953 (55 years ago today), nearly a year after "a bloodless revolution" led by Gamal Abd El-Nasser "allowed King Farouk to leave the country with a full royal salute," monarchy ended in Egypt as the Republic of Egypt was declared and Mohamad Naguib named its 1st President. In a year Nasser would become Egypt's 2d President.

... 1873 (135 years ago today), in Canandaigua, New York, suffragist Susan B. Anthony (below left) was convicted of the crime of unlawful voting and fined $100 plus court costs. Certain male voting officials having proved sympathetic to women's suffrage, Anthony and 14 other women had managed to register and cast votes in the Presidential election held on November 5, 1872. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ward Hunt, hearing the case while riding circuit, was not sympathetic, however. Hunt (about whom Oyez reports that "[t]o say that Hunt accomplished little on the Court would be an overstatement") ordered jurors to convict:

'I have decided as a question of law . . . that under the Fourteenth Amendment, which Miss Anthony claims protects her, she was not protected in a right to vote. . . . I therefore direct you to find a verdict of guilty.'
On hearing her sentence, Anthony declared:

'May it please your honor, I will never pay a dollar of your unjust penalty.'
And she never did.

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