Historical Political Events for May 16

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Year Event
1871 The "American Disturbance of 1871: A U.S. Fleet departs from Japan to Korea to get revenge for the disastrous previous attempt (wherein all 24 crewmen of the vessel, General Sherman were killed) to "Open Korea", by invading again. The Americans hastily, but this time safely, departed again.
1918 The Sedition Act is passed, defining as criminal the direct advocacy of treason and criticism of the Government, conscription, or the American flag. Free speech has always been a bit of an aggravation to the authorities.
1927 The U.S. Supreme Court in "Whitney v. California", held that the state has the power to punish those who abuse their rights to speech "by utterances inimical to the public welfare, tending to incite crime, disturb the public peace, or endanger the foundations of organized government and threaten its overthrow." In other words, if words have a "bad tendency" the utterer will be punished.
1939 The first food stamp plan goes in effect at Rochester, NY and is quickly copied by other cities.
1944 G.I. Bill of Rights (Servicemen's Readjustment Act) passed by Congress. Provided college education, low interest home loans, and other goodies for millions of ex-G.I.'s.
2000 More than 2 decades after the federal officials placed saccharin (an artificial sweetener) on the list of cancer causing carcinogens, they have now formally dropped it from the list.
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Quote of
the Day
We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is afraid of its people.
    — John F. Kennedy, 1962
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