Monday, December 22, 2008

On December 22

On this day in ...
... 1998 (20 years ago today), South Africa signed a pact agreeing to withdraw from southwest territories -- thus paving the way for Namibian independence -- in exchange for "an end to Soviet and Cuban involvement in the long civil war in neighboring Angola." The agreement was known as the New York Accords because it was signed at U.N. headquarters (left) in that city.
... 1967, Justice Minister Pierre Trudeau announced a sweeping reform of Canada's criminal laws. His Omnibus Bill proposed inter alia to increase restrictions on guns drunk driving, and to relax them on matters such as abortion, divorce, and homosexuality. With regard to the last of those 3, Trudeau (right), who would go on to serve as Prime Minister uttered, as may be seen in this Canadian television clip, "unforgettable words":
There's no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation.

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