Saturday, March 7, 2009

On March 7

On this day in ...

... 1848, was concluded the māhele, or division of Hawai'ian lands in a single transaction that had begun on January 28, 1848. The division was made among King Kamehameha III, the chiefs, and the protectors of land known as the konohiki. The transaction is recorded in the book whose cover is at right.

... 1989 (20 years ago today), by orders numbered 1 through 5, the Beijing-controlled "People's Government of the Tibet Autonomous Region" declared martial law in Tibet's capital, Lhasa, and certain other areas. The move, which followed days of demonstrations, provoked statements of concern from, inter alia, the U.S. Congress and the European Parliament.

(Prior March 7 posts are here and here.)

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