Historical Political Events for March 14

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Year Event
1794 Eli Whitney is granted a patent for the cotton gin.
1900 The U.S. Congress passes legislation transferring all U.S. currency to the gold standard. [The Encarta® 2000 New World Timeline © Copyright 1998, Helicon Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.]
1964 A jury in Dallas, Texas finds Jack Ruby guilty of killing Lee Harvey Oswald, assassin of John F. Kennedy.
1989 In a shift of policy, the Bush administration announced an indefinite ban on imports of semiautomatic assault rifles. Of course, they were not serious and such weapons are readily available today.
1989 The Congress of People's Deputies voted to elect Mikhail Gorbachev president of the USSR, a new post with extensive executive powers. The Congress also voted (March 13) to abolish the Communist Party's guaranteed monopoly of political powers.
1998 Today's Example of a Most Interesting Government Purchase (from the CBD): From the US Postal Service: "COMIC BOOK & POSTER FOR 'CELEBRATE THE CENTURY' PROMOTIONAL CAMPAIGN", AMT $4,325,000.00, TO D C Comics [I am not making this up!]
2003 Key documents presented as evidence that the US should invade Iraq are revealed as forgeries. The documents stated that Niger was selling 500 tons of uranium to Iraq. Iraq's supposed acquisition of African uranium was a feature in Colin Powell's speech to the UN Security Council in February and in George W. Bush's (R) State of the Union Address.
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Quote of
the Day
If I were not afraid of judging harshly, I should be almost tempted to say, that there is a strong appearance of duplicity in all this.
    — Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Chapter XXVI
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