October 2016: Britain Announces Pardon of Thousands of Gay and Bisexual Men
Updated February 11, 2017 | Infoplease Staff
Here's a slideshow depicting the major world news events of October 2016.
1. Columbian Peace Deal Defeated 2. Turkey Fires 5% of Police Force 3. 2016 Nobel Prizes 4. Ethiopia Declares State of Emergency 5. Houthis Target Navy Ship, USN Retaliates 6. Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej Dies at 88 7. Boko Haram Releases 21 Chibok Schoolgirls 8. Iraq Launches Liberation of Mosul 9. Russia Announces "Humanitarian Pause" in Aleppo 10. Cease-Fire in Yemen 11. Police Van Plows into Philippine Protestors 12. Philippine President Duterte Courts China 13. Britain Invokes Turing's Law to Pardon Thousands 14. France Closes Refugee Camp, "The Jungle" 15. Police Training Camp in Pakistan Attacked 16. India's Tata Group Fires Leader 17. Thousands of Anti-Government Protesters Gather in Venezuela 18. Justice Dept. Files Charges in India-Based IRS Scam 19. Thousands Protest, Calling for South Korean President Park Geun-hye's Resignation 20. Protests in Morocco Following Death of Fishmonger
- Britain Announces Pardon of Thousands of Gay and Bisexual Men
- On Oct. 20, 2016, Britain announces the pardon of thousands of gay and bisexual men who were charged with sexual offenses. A total of 65,000 men were convicted under the "gross indecency" legislation; 15,000 of them are still alive today. Those who have already died will have their historical records changed. The pardoning is labeled "Turing's Law" after Alan Turing, who was a celebrated World War II codebreaker who broke Nazi Germany's Enigma code. After the war, Turing was fired from his job, convicted of sexual indecency and chemically castrated. Two years later he committed suicide.
- Photo source: (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File