September 9, 2013
by Cynthia Miley
Guyana's acting Chief Justice Ian Chang ruled Friday that cross-dressing is a criminal offense only when done for improper purposes such as prostitution, but that people cannot be arrested for cross-dressing to express their personal gender identity or sexual orientation. The judge was ...[read more]
June 11, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
The High Court in London ruled Tuesday that the British government acted legally when it set up the Chagos Conservation Trust (CCT) in 2010 on the Indian Ocean archipelago of Chagos. In 1965, the UK government severed the Chagos Islands from the colony of Mauritius just three years before freeing ...[read more]
August 30, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On August 30, 2009, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi signed an accord under which Italy agreed to invest $5 billion in Libya as compensation for its colonial rule over the North African state from 1911 to 1943. In addition to the pledge of financial ...[read more]
May 22, 2010
by Andrew Morgan
On May 22, 1972, the former British colony of Ceylon ratified a new constitution, becoming the Republic of Sri Lanka... ...[read more]
May 13, 2010
by Andrew Morgan
On May 13, 1787, the First Fleet departed from England, carrying 780 British convicts to establish a penal colony in Australia. Led by Captain Arthur Philip, all eleven ships arrived safely in Botany Bay, New South Wales, Australia in January of 1788. Read Captain Philip's account of his voyage ...[read more]
May 11, 2010
by Andrew Morgan
On May 11, 1682, the Massachusetts General Court repealed two laws that had banned the celebration of Christmas and had authorized capital punishment for expelled Quakers returning to the colony... ...[read more]
April 13, 2010
by JURIST Staff
On April 13, 1743, Thomas Jefferson was born in Albemarle County in the Virginia Colony. Jefferson went on to become, among other things, the third President of the United States, the primary author of the Declaration of Independence, and a founder of the Democratic-Republican Party. Jefferson was ...[read more]
March 6, 2010
by JURIST Staff
On March 4, 1834, the town of York in the British colony of Canada was incorporated as the City of Toronto.Learn the history of Toronto from the city's official website. ... ...[read more]
January 14, 2010
by JURIST Staff
On January 14, 1639, the first written governmental constitution in modern history was adopted in the Colony of Connecticut. The Fundamental Orders represented the first time that a government was based upon a written constitution anywhere in the world. Along with the Mayflower Compact, the ...[read more]
January 8, 2010
by JURIST Staff
On January 8, 1961, voters in France overwhelmingly approved self-determination for Algeria. By a 75% margin, French citizens voted in favor of a referendum, which allowed the colony of Algeria to determine its own future. On July 1, 1961, Algerians elected to become an independent nation by a ...[read more]

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