Cue the candles and cake: One of the great documents of liberty hits the big Eight-0-0 this year.
Eight centuries ago, at Runnymede, England’s barons forced a resentful King John to accept landmark limits on royal power.
Magna Carta – the “Great Charter” – set precedents that undergird our freedoms to this day: protections for property rights; guarantees of trial by jury; and safeguards against taxation without representation.
June 15 is the official anniversary. Commemorations are scheduled all year, worldwide.