Historical Political Events for January 25

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Year Event
1867 A bill passed by Congress prohibiting the denial of the elective franchise to Negroes, the Elective Franchise Act, became law this date, without the signature of president Johnson.
1875 Congress authorizes the Commissioner of Agriculture to send money and supplies to the farmers hard hit by the grasshopper plague. This small start of the U.S. Agriculture Dept. will grow substantially with time. It now has a budget larger than the operating budget of most countries of the world!
1942 Thailand declares war on the United States and United Kingdom.
1950 Alger Hiss was found guilty of perjury for having denied his Communist affiliations and his role in the transfer of State Department secrets to the USSR prior to the war.
1961 President John Kennedy (D) held the first presidential news conference to be televised live. Curiously, such conferences have grown rare in recent times.
1993 A gunman outside CIA Headquarters at Langley, VA, opened fire on employees as they arrived for work. Two were killed and three others wounded.
2011 Egypt: On a national holiday to commemorate the police forces, Egyptians take to the streets in large numbers, calling it a "day of rage". Thousands march in downtown Cairo, heading towards the offices of the ruling National Democratic Party, as well as the foreign ministry and the state television. Similar protests are reported in other towns across the country.
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Quote of
the Day
Liberals believe government should take people's earnings to give to poor people. Conservatives disagree. They think government should confiscate people's earnings and give them to farmers and insolvent banks. The compelling issue to both conservatives and liberals is not whether it is legitimate for government to confiscate one's property to give to another, the debate is over the disposition of the pillage.
    — Professor Walter Williams, George Mason University
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