Historical Political Events for May 18

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Year Event
1096 Christian Crusaders massacre Jews in Worms, Germany.
1876 US military landing in Mexico to preserve order in Matamoras.
1896 The Supreme Court upholds racial segregation in a ruling, Plessy v. Ferguson, that lays down the doctrine that states may provide blacks with "separate but equal" facilities in public areas.
1908 The motto In God We Trust was made mandatory on all United States coins.
1931 In Stromberg v. California, 283 U.S. 359 the Supreme Court extends concept of freedom of speech to symbolic actions such as displaying a flag.
1933 Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) initiated to provide power to the Tennessee Valley. So, it was unconstitutional -- who cares? Not much of an issue in these modern times.
1965 President Lyndon B. Johnson (D)) signed the "Head Start" Bill into law. A great success -- unless you look for any real accomplishments!
1974 A nuclear weapon, "Smiling Buddha", was tested by India.
1997 Microsoft Corp., a software company owned by Bill Gates, went on trial for two antitrust lawsuits filed on May 18 by 20 states and the U.S. Justice Department. The lawsuits accused Microsoft of abusing its quasi-monopoly in the market for computer operating systems. What Microsoft learned from this expensive fiasco was that massive contributions to the party in power is a necessity to survive in the "Land of the Free".
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Quote of
the Day
Insanity in individuals is something rare - but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.
    — Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 - 1900)
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