Historical Political Events for July 25

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Year Event
1898 U.S. forces invade Puerto Rico in the Spanish-American War.
1905 U.S. interests begin construction of the Panama Canal.
1947 National Security Act of 1947 is passed; establishes linkage between the military and national security, establishes the National Security Council (NSC), the CIA, and Department of Defense, and several other new agencies, including the National Military Establishment with three separate departments (the Army, the Navy and the new U.S. Air Force), and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The CIA is forbidden by Congress to have "police, subpoena, law enforcement powers or internal security functions" inside the United States. By the 1950s, and especially after 1967, CIA operatives routinely undertake domestic surveillance activities, including break-ins, compiling files on thousands of Americans, etc. in complete violation of the law.
1949 On this date the North Atlantic Treaty (NATO) was formally ratified by President Truman (D) in a signing ceremony in the Cabinet Room.
1963 The United States, Great Britain, and the Soviet Union signed the nuclear test-ban treaty in Moscow. The United States Senate ratifies the treaty on September 24th.
1968 The pope issues the Humanae Vitae in which he condemns all birth control.
1990 US Ambassador to Iraq, April Glaspie, met with Saddam Hussein, assuring him, "... we have no opinion on Arab-Arab conflicts like your border disagreement with Kuwait."
1991 President Bush (R) signs E.O. 12770, directing government agencies to convert to metric. Mostly ignored.
1992 A court in Orlando, Florida, grants 12-year-old Gregory Kingsley a legal separation from his mother on grounds of neglect. (From The Encarta® 2000 New World Timeline © Copyright 1998, Helicon Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.)
1997 The Washington Post's article, "Clinton Outlines Global Warming Education Plan" tells how Clinton (D) intends to "educate" the public on "Global Warming" in spite of scientific denials and doubts.
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Quote of
the Day
I believe it is appropriate to have an over-representation of factual presentations [a.k.a. "exaggeration"] on how dangerous it is, as a predicate for opening up the audience to listen to what the solutions are, and how hopeful it is that we are going to solve this crisis.
    — Al Gore, in an interview about his new movie
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