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.
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.