On December 20, 1988, the United
Nations Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and
Psychotropic Substances was signed in Vienna, Austria. The
treaty provides mechanisms for international coordination in
preventing the manufacture and distribution of drugs worldwide.
170 countries have signed the treaty to date.Learn
more about the treaty from the UN.
On December 20, 1893, Georgia became the first
state in the Union to pass a law against lynching, making the act
punishable by four years in prison. The statute was not particularly
effective - read the text of the 1899 pamphlet Lynch
Law in Georgia by anti-lynching activist Ida