Historical Political Events for June 19

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Year Event
1934 The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is established.
1934 "Equal Time Act", which forces radio stations to provide equal time to every one who claims to be a political candidate, becomes law.
1951 Pres. Truman signed a military manpower bill extending the draft until July 1, 1955; lowering the draft age to 18; and authorizing universal military training to take effect at an unspecified date. (The Encyclopedia of World History)
1953 Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, American citizens, were executed at Sing Sing prison for spying for the Soviet Union. The US Supreme Court declined to issue a stay of execution.
1961 In Mapp v. Ohio, the Supreme Court declares that illegally seized evidence may not be used to convict a suspect.
1968 "OMNIBUS CRIME CONTROL AND SAFE STREETS ACT" becomes law. Among other things, it authorized law enforcement wiretapping. The scope has been much expanded since then by similar laws.
1996 Congressman Clinger opened Congressional Hearings on the matter of the Clinton staff obtaining about 3000 FBI records for their personal perusal ("Filegate").
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Quote of
the Day
I speak truth not so much as I would, but as much as I dare, and I dare a little more as I grow older.
    — Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592)
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