Historical Political Events for January 14

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Year Event
1639 The first constitution of Connecticut -- the "Fundamental Orders" -- was adopted.
1784 The American Congress ratifies the Treaty of Paris, formally ending the American Revolution. (from The Encarta® 2000 New World Timeline © Copyright 1998, Helicon Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.)
1963 George Wallace is inaugurated as the governor of Alabama, promising his followers, "Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever!"
1991 Public Law 102-1, enacted January 14, 1991, gives President Bush (R) the authorization, from Congress, to wage war against Iraq in accordance with various United Nations resolutions. More about the history of such questionable resolutions here.
1993 Changing his promise made during the campaign, President-elect Clinton (D) said he would continue President Bush's policy of forcibly returning Haitian boat people to Haiti.
1998 Whitewater prosecutors questioned Hillary Rodham Clinton at the White House about the strange accumulation of FBI background files on past Republican political appointees found at the White House. As much as she wanted to help, she was unable to help resolve this mystery.
1999 The Senate began opening arguments in its impeachment trial of President Clinton (D).
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Quote of
the Day
The real damage is done by those millions who want to 'survive.' The honest men who just want to be left in peace. Those who don’t want their little lives disturbed by anything bigger than themselves. Those with no sides and no causes. . . Those for whom freedom, honor, truth, and principles are only literature. Those who live small, mate small, die small. . . Life is always on the edge of death; narrow streets lead to the same place as wide avenues, and a little candle burns itself out just like a flaming torch does. I choose my own way to burn.
    — Sophie Scholl [See the movie, Sophie Scholl - The Final Days]
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