Historical Political Events for August 06

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Year Event
1774 Ann Lee and 8 others founded the "Shakers in America" in New York City. Refusing to participate in the "War of Independence", the group was accused of treason and jailed for 4 years. (From The People's Almanac)
1861 The First Confiscation Act was passed, allowing for the seizure of Rebel property without compensation or due process. The concept of seizing private property without due process has now been much expanded.
1914 Serbia and Montenegro declare war on Germany.
1945 US drops an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, ushering in the new era of atomic warfare -- which may be a new era of extended peace. A controversy in reporting the facts is online here.
1965 President Lyndon B. Johnson (D) signed the Voting Rights Act into law, guaranteeing voting rights for black citizens. The Voting Rights Act suspended literacy tests and other examinations designed to exclude certain people from voting.
1973 Congress figured out that the way to control crime was to make it illegal (they will try again almost every year from now on). The "CRIME CONTROL ACT OF 1973", P.L. 93-83, becomes law.
1996 "Office of Government Ethics Authorization Act of 1996" becomes law. "Amends the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 to: (1) authorize the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) Director to accept gifts for OGE use; and (2) extend the authorization of appropriations for the OGE." Good, we needed that!
1997 Clinton (D) signs "Balanced budget" bill and new Tax law. There are a couple of disturbing aspects: The "Balanced Budget" came about as a result of the Politicians noticing that the present booming economy is producing a surplus. So, based on the surplus, the budget is Balanced. And, as usual, all the cuts are delayed until later! Ought to work!
1997 Today's Example of a Most Interesting Government Purchase (from the CBD): RESIDENTIAL COMPREHENSIVE SANCTIONS CENTER SERVICES CNT, AMT $2,272,103.00 DTD 073197 TO Dismas Charities, Inc.
and . . .
Quote of
the Day
. . . the use of this barbarous weapon at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan. . . . My own feeling was that in being the first to use it, we had adopted an ethical standard common to the barbarians of the Dark Ages. I was not taught to make wars in that fashion, and wars cannot be won by destroying women and children.
    — Admiral William D. Leahy, Trumanís chief of staff
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