Historical Political Events for October 10

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Year Event
1962 President Kennedy (D) signs Public Law 87-781, the "Kefauver-Harris Amendments", which "will Extend the period the Food and Drug Administration has for acting on a manufacturer's application to market a new drug; broaden FDA's powers to inspect drug factories and require every plant to be registered. Authorizes FDA to seize products from any drug plant where unsanitary conditions are found or where current good manufacturing practice was not followed." Also allows thousands to die needlessly.
1973 Vice President Spiro Agnew (R) resigns as a result of bribery and tax evasion charges. It's fun to watch the thugs fight among themselves.
1978 The Humane Methods of Slaughter Act, P.L. 95-445, becomes law. Among other things, animals must not be subjected to stress before they are killed.
1990 U.S. begins reparations payments to survivors and families of Japanese-Americans taken from their homes and put into internment camps during World War II.
1996 The Washington Post tells how the Feds decide on the sentencing for the millions of crimes they have created in the series, "Justice by the Numbers", by Mary Pat Flaherty and Joan Biskupic (series is no longer on line -- to get it you must pay -- login to the Washington Post and search for "justice by the numbers" in 1996).
2000 President Clinton (D) signed the Permanent Normal Trade Relations for China.
2005 Today's Example of a Most Interesting Government Purchase: DRS Optronics wins $660M contract to supply infrared binoculars to the U.S. Marine Corps. The per-unit cost is about $23,571. [Too bad, the military has not heard about ebay where you can get all you want of these things for 80 bucks or less.]
and . . .
Quote of
the Day
We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.
    — Hillary Rodham Clinton, 6/28/04, SF Gate
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