Historical Political Events for May 27

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Year Event
1647 The first recorded American execution of a "witch", Achsah Young, took place in Windsor, Connecticut. The method involved was not burning at the stake, but hanging. [The "Rule of Law" prevailed again.]
1679 British parliament passes "Habeas Corpus Act of Parliament". Habeas Corpus is describes as "Upon proper application, or even on naked knowledge alone, a court is empowered, and is duty bound, to issue the Extraordinary Writ of Habeas Corpus commanding one who is restraining liberty to forthwith produce before the court the person who is in custody and to show cause why the liberty of that person is being restrained."
1861 Chief Justice Roger Taney rules in Ex Parte Merryman that Lincoln's suspension of the writ of habeas corpus is unconstitutional. Lincoln (R) ignores it. Orders Chief Justice Taney arrested (not carried out, apparently).
1933 Federal Securities Act becomes law. Establishes the authority of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to monitor stocks and bonds.
1935 The U.S. Supreme Court declares the National Industrial Recovery Act is unconstitutional with regard to wages, working conditions, etc., unless interstate commerce is involved.
1937 First Natchez Trace Parkway construction contract awarded. One of the most audacious examples of government "pork" yet.
1941 President Roosevelt declares an unlimited state of National Emergency. "National emergencies" are often used by the government to get around the Constitution.
1950 In the current issue of JAMA, Morton Levin publishes first major study definitively linking smoking to lung cancer.
2003 National debt limit of $6,400 was too constraning. New legislation raised the debt limit to $7,384 billion (P.L. 108-24, 117 Stat. 710). More here. [We really mean it this time.]
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Quote of
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Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.
    — John W. Gardner
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