Code Napoleon promulgated

On March 15, 1803, the Code Napoleon (French Civil Code) was promulgated in France. The Code is considered the first successful legal code in Europe and is still used today as the basis for the modern French Civil Code. Napoleon's conquests spread his Code across the European Continent, influencing modern legal codes in Portugal, Austria, Italy, and other continental nations.

Read a history of the Code Napoleon.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg born

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was born on March 15, 1933.

Learn more about Justice Ginsburg from Oyez, the Supreme Court multimedia project at Northwestern University.

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