Historical Political Events for January 3

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Year Event
1863 General Grant attempts to expel the Jews from Tennessee, Kentucky, and other Midsouth areas but is overridden by the President. Nevertheless, some reports indicate that more than 1,000 Jews were forcibly removed from Memphis, Tennessee, many having first had their personal possessions confiscated.
1925 The Italian Fascist leader Benito Mussolini announces that he is assuming dictatorial powers over Italy.
1926 General Theodoros Pangalos assumes dictatorial powers in Greece.
1958 The U.S. Civil Rights Commission swears in six members and begins operations.
1959 Alaska becomes the 49th state.
1961 President Eisenhower (R) breaks diplomatic relations with Cuba.
1973 President Nixon (R), in an effort to curb hijackings, orders all airline passengers be screened.
1975 19 U.S.C. 2432, Jackson-Vanik amendment passed. The legislation conditions the restoration of most-favored-nation status to nonmarket economy (NME) countries (including the Soviet Union). Waivers have been extended to just about anyone that wants it, including the Soviet Union (but not Cuba, of course).
1990 General Noriega surrendered to U.S. forces and was taken to the U.S. to stand trial on drug trafficking charges. [Is it legal for the US to arrest citizens of other countries? Legal, smegal; Stalin and Hitler are lucky we didn't throw their butts in jail!]
1993 President George Bush (R) and Russian president Boris Yeltsin sign the second Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START II), committing the United States and Russia to dismantle two-thirds of their nuclear warheads.
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Quote of
the Day
It would be a dangerous folly for the British people to underrate the enduring position in world history which Mussolini will hold; or the amazing qualities of courage, comprehension, self-control and perseverance which he exemplifies.
    — Our side's good guy, Winston Churchill, praising his friend, the Fascist Dictator
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