British National (Overseas) is a class of British nationality that was
granted by voluntary registration to British Dependent Territories
citizens who were Hong Kong residents prior to the transfer of
sovereignty to China on 1 July 1997. Individuals with this nationality
are British nationals and Commonwealth citizens, but not British
citizens. They are subject to immigration controls when entering the
United Kingdom and do not have the automatic right of abode there or in
Hong Kong, but all would have had permanent resident status in Hong Kong
when they acquired this status. This nationality gives its holders
favoured status when resident in the United Kingdom and confers
eligibility to vote, obtain citizenship under a simplified process, and
serve in public office or reserved government positions. About 169,000
individuals currently hold active British passports with this status and
may request consular protection when travelling abroad, except in Hong
Kong, mainland China, and Macau.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_National_%28Overseas%29>
Today's selected anniversaries:
As per the British North America Act, the Province of Canada,
New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia joined into confederation to create the
modern nation of Canada.
The first Grant Park Music Festival, the United States' only
annual free outdoor classical music concert series, was held in
Chicago's Grant Park.
Sony introduced the Walkman portable audio player, changing
music listening habits by allowing people to listen to their own choice
of music on the move.
Legislative governance of Scotland was transferred from the
Scottish Office in Westminster to the Scottish Parliament.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
The shepherd tree or shepherd's tree (Boscia albitrunca), an evergreen
tree native to southern and tropical Africa which is one of the most
important forage trees of the Kalahari.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Truth comes from the mouths of fools and children: I wish every
good mind which feels an inclination for satire would reflect that the
finest satirist always has something of both in him.
--Georg Christoph Lichtenberg