Historical Political Events for February 19

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Year Event
1807 Former Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr is arrested for treason.
1881 Kansas became the first U.S. state to prohibit all alcoholic beverages.
1903 The Elkins Act, which imposed government regulation on railroads was passed by Congress. The Elkins Act made it illegal to give or receive rebates in interstate commerce transactions. The heavy government regulation of railroads would not allow competition with the trucking industry which resulted in the near death of the railroads and massive expenditures by the taxpayers for the highway system.
1942 Executive Order 9066, signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, ordered that all Japanese Americans (Nisei) be evacuated from the West Coast and be forced to live in concentration camps.
1977 President Jimmy Carter signed Executive Order No. 11973, establishing the President's Commission on Mental Health, chaired by Mrs. Carter. Revoked by: EO 12110, December 28, 1978.
1986 After 37 years, the U.S. Senate ratifies the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. (From The Encarta® 2000 New World Timeline © Copyright 1998, Helicon Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.)
2007 The Empire continues to grow! According to Lawrence Vance, in "Update on the Empire", the US now has garrisons in 159 regions of the world, or 70 percent of the world. This surely surpasses the spread of the Roman Empire in the known world at that time. Previous reports here (3/16/04) and here (10/4/04) and here (12/5/05).
2008 Castro Resigns as President of Cuba: Fidel Castro, who temporarily handed power to his brother Raśl in July 2006 when he fell ill, permanently steps down after 49 years in power.
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Quote of
the Day
If once a man indulges himself in murder, very soon he comes to think little of robbing; and from robbing he comes next to drinking and Sabbath-breaking, and from that to incivility and procrastination.
    — Thomas de Quincey (1785-1859)
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