Historical Political Events for October 02

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Year Event
1919 James McGill Buchanan was born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, on this date. In 1986 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for his creative but iconoclastic views in the field of Public Choice, which is based on the concept that politicians are motivated by self interest.
1937 Between 17,000 to 35,000 Haitians living in the Dominican Republic are massacred by the Dominican armed forces on the orders of President Rafael Trujillo given this date. U.S. Secretary of State Cordell Hull later declared "President Trujillo is one of the greatest men in Central America and in most of South America."
1967 Thurgood Marshall -- the first black appointed to the nation's highest court -- was sworn in as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
1968 In MEXICO CITY, Mexico, at least 360 snipers under government command fired into a crowd of protesters, touching off a massacre that scarred a generation of Mexicans. Estimates on the number of people killed range from 38 to several hundred.
1968 "Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (16 U.S.C. 1271-1287)" becomes law. Allows the government to take private property if it contains a "wild and scenic river".
1986 The United States applies economic sanctions to South Africa (for its racial policies), and bans South Africa Airlines from landing in the United States.
1992 Thirty lawmen, a platoon-sized task force of local, state, and federal drug-enforcement officers break down the door of Donald Scott at 2 am. He is shot dead when he faces them with a gun in his hand (over his head). The intent of the raid was to confiscate his $5,000,000 ranch where he allegedly grew marijuana. No drugs were found. No arrests were made. Vin Suprynowicz, in his article, "Boy, do they ever want Trails End Ranch", Las Vegas Review Journal, provides an update, 9/2/2001.
2004 In an article in the Guardian, John Pilger tells how the US and Britain evacuated an entire island, Diego Garcia (called "The Footprint of Freedom" by US occupiers), in order for a US military base to be built (by Halliburton, of course). More.
2008 Congress passes the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008; the Act establishes the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) and Treasury then establishes the Capital Purchase Program (CPP); the Act temporarily increases deposit insurance coverage to $250,000.
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Quote of
the Day
Interestingly enough, while the most remarkable part of RICO was the de facto reintroduction of forfeiture of estate -- one of the causes of the American Revolution -- into the body of criminal law, during three days of debate over the law, Congress allocated less than two minutes to its forfeiture provisions.
    — R.T. Naylor
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