Historical Political Events for September 21

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Year Event
1842 The Council of the District of Columbia passed an Act to create an auxiliary night police patrol of the streets of the city and in part to enforce the 10pm "colored curfew." At 10pm, all "colored" people caught out without a pass were liable to arrest, fine and flogging.
1931 The Bank of England went off the GOLD STANDARD despite credits from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the Bank of France and the formation of a national coalition government to balance the budget. Great Britain experimented with a managed paper currency, and all of this created significant instability among those currencies that had been tied to the pound sterling. (from The Encyclopedia of World History, 2001)
1938 A giant hurricane slammed into the east coast with little or no warning from the Weather Service, the hurricane caused 40 ft waves to hit Long Island and sixty three thousand people were left homeless and some 700 dead. [The Weather Bureau assured us that their little screw up would never happen again. That is so nice to always hear that from the government.]
1959 P.L. 86-341, becoming law this date, authorized the Secretary of Agriculture to operate a food stamp system through January 31, 1962. The Eisenhower Administration never used the authority.
1965 Water Quality Act passed to meet pollution, shortage problems.
1966 The U.S. Senate votes to prohibit voluntary prayers in U.S. Public schools.
1993 President Clinton (D) signed the "National and Community Service Trust Act", creating AmeriCorps, tax-payer funded activism (Members receive a taxable weekly living allowance of $163, health insurance and a child care allowance, if qualified -- plus an annual educational award of $4,725).
1996 "Defense of Marriage Act" becomes law. Glad to know that Congress is doing something useful as Marriage needs all the help it can get! Challenged in court.
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Quote of
the Day
As long as there are tests, there will be prayer in public schools.
    — Bumper Sticker
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