Historical Political Events for February 24

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Year Event
1794 French Republican troops slaughtered women, children and old men in the village of Vendée. Twelve "infernal columns" commanded by General Louis-Marie Turreau were ordered to kill everyone and everything they saw. Thousands of people – including women and children – were massacred in cold blood, and farms and villages torched. The incident to be remembered as the first genocide in modern history?
1803 U.S. Supreme Court in Marbury v. Madison, for the first time, declares an act of Congress unconstitutional.
1868 President Andrew Johnson impeached by the House of Representatives.
1914 In "Weeks v. United States, 232 U.S. 383 (1914)", the US Supreme Court gives birth to the "exclusionary rule", is which evidence seized illegally by the cops is excluded.
1964 The 24th Amendment, that takes effect this day, makes poll taxes unconstitutional.
1988 The U.S. Supreme Court, in Hustler Magazine, Inc. et al. v. Jerry Falwell, rules that Hustler magazine's criticism of evangelist Jerry Falwell was within the rules protecting attacks on public figures.
1991 Operation Desert Storm begins this date and ends in 100 hours with Iraqi forces defeated. More than 100,000 Iraqi troops surrender, at least 100,000 Iraqis are killed, with almost no Allied casualties but Saddam Hussein remains in power.
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Quote of
the Day
You may talk of the tyranny of Nero and Tiberius, but the real tyranny is the tyranny of your next-doorneighbor...
    — WALTER BAGEHOT (1826-1877), The Character of Sir Robert Peel, 1856
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