Afroyim v. Rusk is a 1967 U.S. Supreme Court case which ruled that
American citizens may not be deprived of citizenship involuntarily. The
U.S. government tried to revoke the citizenship of Beys Afroyim
(pictured with his son), who had voted in an Israeli election after
becoming a naturalized American citizen, but the court decided that his
right to retain his citizenship was guaranteed by the Citizenship Clause
of the Fourteenth Amendment. It overruled Perez v. Brownell (1958), in
which it had upheld loss of citizenship under similar circumstances.
Afroyim opened the way for a wider acceptance of multiple citizenship in
American law. Its impact was narrowed by Rogers v. Bellei (1971), which
held that the Fourteenth Amendment did not apply in all cases, but the
specific law in that case was repealed in 1978. The Bancroft
Treaties—a series of agreements between the United States and other
nations which sought to limit dual citizenship—were abandoned after
the Carter administration concluded that they had been rendered
unenforceable. As a consequence of revised government policies adopted
in 1990, it is now "virtually impossible" to lose American citizenship
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afroyim_v._Rusk>
Today's selected anniversaries:
Polish insurgents led an uprising in the Free City of Kraków
to incite a fight for national independence that was put down by the
Austrian Empire nine days later.
American Civil War: The Union suffered one of its bloodiest
losses at the Battle of Olustee near Lake City, Florida.
NASA's Ranger 8 spacecraft (Ranger Block III pictured)
successfully transmitted 7,137 photographs of the Moon in the final 23
minutes of its mission before crashing into Mare Tranquillitatis.
At the age of 15, American figure skater Tara Lipinski became
the youngest gold medal winner in the history of the Winter Olympic
The Tamil Tigers attempted to crash two aircraft packed with
C-4 in suicide attacks on Colombo, Sri Lanka, but the planes were shot
down before they reached their targets.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
take a flyer:
(idiomatic) To make a choice with an uncertain outcome; to take a
Wikiquote quote of the day:
￼ Robert Neville looked out over the new people of the earth. He
knew he did not belong to them; he knew that, like the vampires, he was
anathema and black terror to be destroyed. And, abruptly, the concept
came, amusing to him even in his pain. ... Full circle. A new terror
born in death, a new superstition entering the unassailable fortress of
forever. I am legend.
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