Historical Political Events for April 08

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Year Event
1756 Governor Robert Morris declared war on the Delaware and Shawnee Indians. Included in his war declaration was "The Scalp Act, which put a bounty on the scalps of Indian men, women and boys.
1907 An Anglo-French convention confirmed the independence of Siam but established spheres of influence: territory west of the Menam River was to be the British sphere, that to the east the French sphere. (Encyclopedia of World History)
1913 The 17th Amendment to the Constitution, providing for the election of senators by popular vote rather than selection by state legislatures, was ratified.
1935 Congress passes the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act, with wide authority under which the President may establish a variety of agencies.
1943 President Roosevelt (D) orders that all wages and prices be frozen at present levels.
1947 The Iraqi Ba'ath Party was founded on this date.
1950 US Navy PB4Y2 military aircraft with crew of 10 apparently shot down over the Baltic Sea by Soviet aircraft while spying on the USSR.
1952 US President Truman (D) seizes steel mills in order to avert a threatened strike. Supreme court disapproves on June 2.
1988 In an international agreement involving the U.S., the USSR, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, the signatories pledged that Afghanistan would become a nonaligned country whose neutral status would be guaranteed by the U.S. and the USSR. [Hmm]
1997 U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin and Finance Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung sign accord in Hanoi for Vietnam to repay debts of $145 million. [Not bad -- we only gave them $1 billion in economic grants during that period. But this will allow us to give them much more.]
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Quote of
the Day
Far more crucial than what we know or do not know is what we do not want to know. One often obtains a clue to a person's nature by discovering the reasons for his or her imperviousness to certain impressions.
    — Eric Hoffer, The True Believer, 1951
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