Historical Political Events for February 14

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Year Event
1349 2,000 Jews were burned at the stake in Strasbourg, Germany by the Christians.
1803 Chief Justice John Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court rules that any act of Congress which conflicts with the Constitution is null and void. His decision in the case of Marbury v. Madison establishes the Court as the ultimate interpreter of the Constitution. (Quoted from The People's Chronology,from Henry Holt and Company, Inc. Copyright © 1995, 1996 by James Trager. All rights reserved.)
1859 Oregon is admitted as the 33rd U.S. state.
1903 Department of Labor and Commerce created.
1912 Arizona is admitted as the 48th U.S. state.
1929 St. Valentine's Day Massacre: Seven gangsters rivalling Al Capone are murdered in Chicago, Illinois.
1989 Iran's Khomeini announces a death decree on Salman Rushdie, author of Satanic Verses.
1990 The Federal Debt passed through the $3,000,000,000,000 mark on or about this date. Under Bush's (R) regime the debt increased almost $4,000,000,000,000 (4 trillion dollars) or double the increase from the beginning of the U.S.A. to 1986!
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Quote of
the Day
Interesting Pew study says religiosity is correlated with support for torture. Torture support is highest among evangelical protestants, at 60+ percent. Itís lowest among those with no religion, at 40 percent.
    — From CNN, 4/30/09
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