Historical Political Events for February 20

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Year Event
1792 The Postal Service Act, establishing the United States Post Office Department, is signed by President George Washington.
1809 The U.S. Supreme Court, in "U.S. v. Peters", rules that the federal government has more power than any individual state. See "The Legacy of the Marshall Court (1801-1835)".
1950 The U.S. Supreme Court, in "DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA v. LITTLE", held that "The right to privacy in the home holds too high a price in our system of laws to justify a statutory interpretation that would impose a criminal punishment on one who does nothing more than [object to the officer's entry of her house without a search warrant]".
1962 U.S. Marine Lieutenant Colonel John H. Glenn, Jr., became the first American to orbit the earth. Launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., Glenn made three 90-minute orbits of the earth in the space capsule, "Friendship 7".
1997 Lieutenant Kelly J. Flinn faces court-martial on charges of adultery, conduct unbecoming an officer, failure to obey a lawful order, making a false official statement and failure to obey the Air Force regulation on fraternization. [The basic charge is adultery, of course, and one wonders what has this got to do with flying a B-52? Could you be good at one and not the other?]
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Quote of
the Day
In the mythology of revolution, the people rising to throw off a tyrannical ruler is the dominant theme Most of the mythology concerns a people driven beyond endurance by the vicious oppression of their masters rising up and establishing a noble and just republic. I regret to say that this myth is mainly myth.
    — Gordon Tullock, Autocracy (Tullock 1987: 53)
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