Thursday, March 1, 2012

On March 1

On this day in ...
... 1847 (165 years ago today), the U.S. state of "Michigan became the first English-speaking territory in the world to abolish capital punishment"; an event commemorated annually, for today is International Death Penalty Abolition Day. (credit for U.S. map showing Michigan in red) Although "[t]reason remained a crime punishable by the death penalty," Michiganders never availed themselves of that exception. And members of a constitutional convention held in 1962 voted 108 to 3 to put an end to capital punishment for any offense committed in the state.

(Prior March 1 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)

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