Today in Legal History: Protestants Protected, Thos. Jefferson Born, Crime Stoppers Hits CA

On this day in 1598, King Henry IV of France signed the Edict of Nantes, recognizing the right of Protestant Huguenots to practice their religion. Extensive details are provided on this Jehovah’s Witnesses Web site.

On this day in 1743, Thomas Jefferson was born. As the Library of Congress notes, in addition to being a particularly renowned president and author of the Declaration of Independence, among many other noteworthy accomplishments, he was a “jurist, diplomat, writer, philosopher, architect, gardener.”

On this day in 1981, the first citizen Crime Stoppers program in California was established in Stockton, not quite five years after the concept reportedly was created in Albuquerque, N.M. For details, see the City of Stockton’s Web site.

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