Historical Political Events for March 22

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Year Event
1622 Jamestown massacre: Algonquian Indians kill 347 English settlers around Jamestown, Virginia.
1765 The Stamp Act is passed by the British Parliament. The Sons of Liberty are organized to resist it, and the American Colonies boycott British imports.
1790 Future President Thomas Jefferson, after returning from France, assumes office as the first Secretary of State.
1882 Congress outlawed polygamy with the Edmunds Act. This act was inspired by a general hatred of the Mormons. So much for "separation of church and state!"
1933 During the prohibition era, President Roosevelt (D) signed a law to allow consumption of wine and beer containing up to 3.2% alcohol. (At what level of alcohol does the drink become intoxicating? See my essay on Vagueness)
1947 President Truman (D) signs Executive Order 9835, Federal Employee Loyalty Program, requiring all federal employees to have allegiance to the United States. Attorney General Tom Clark compiles list of 82 supposedly subversive agencies, says Communists are everywhere and "each carries with him the germs of death for society." FBI does a name check on 2,000,000 federal employees in 1948 plus approx. 500,000 new applicants each year. If "derogatory information" found, a full investigation made and results given to 150 loyalty boards (27000 such field investigations were made 1948-58). Employees could be fired if "reasonable doubt" of loyalty was established by 6 categories:crimes, violent overthrow, breach of official duty or disclosure of confidential information, or membership in or association with any subversive organization - no appeal beyond loyalty boards - no permission to confront a "confidential informant".
1980 People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) was founded by Ingrid Newkirk and Alex Pacheco on principles set forth in Australian philosopher Peter Singerís book Animal Liberation, with the goals of exposing and ending animal suffering. Could they have another agenda?
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Quote of
the Day
If the automobile had followed the same development cycle as the computer, a Rolls-Royce would today cost $100, get a million miles per gallon, and explode once a year, killing everyone inside.
    — Robert X. Cringely
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