August 8, 1937

On this day in in Canada in 1937, it was deemed that a man had the legal right to beat his wife. A Hamilton, Ontario man had been charged with whipping his wife, but Canadian judge William McLeary dismissed the charge and cited English Common Law made in 1879 that stated that a man has the right and duty in certain cases to “chastise or confine” a willful and disobedient wife. Back in the 1930s there weren’t no Communists or Socialists in Murica and Canadia.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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