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This Day at Law

Women declared "Persons" in Canada

On October 18, 1929, The Privy Council of the United Kingdom declared that women were considered "persons" under the laws of Canada. The Supreme Court of Canada had held in Edwards v. Canada that women were not considered "persons" under Canada's governing law, the British North America Acts. The Privy Council overturned this ruling, declaring "that the exclusion of women from all public offices is a relic of days more barbarous than ours. And to those who would ask why the word "persons" should include females, the obvious answer is, why should it not?"

Nuremberg war crimes trials began

On October 18, 1945, the Nuremberg Trials of Nazi war criminals began.Listen to audio of US prosecutor Telford Taylor's opening statement via Minnesota Public Radio.

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