|Year|| Event |
|1883|| The U.S. Supreme Court overturns the Civil Rights Act of 1875. |
|1914|| "Clayton Antitrust Act" becomes law. We worry about big business abuse and limited competition. |
|1947|| The CIA is created by the National Security Act. |
|1966|| President Lyndon Johnson signed a bill creating the Department of Transportation. |
|1966|| The "Endangered Species Preservation Act", becomes law. The Fish and Wildlife service initially lists 78 species as being "endangered". The number of "endangered species" will grow exponentially over the following years to a count of 1351 in the US, as of 10/13/2007. |
|1969|| Vietnam Moratorium Day; millions nationwide protest the war |
|1970|| The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act (part of the ORGANIZED CRIME CONTROL ACT), signed by President Nixon (R), will be used in the 1980s to prosecute both Mafia kingpins and white-collar criminals, notably Wall Street traders using privileged information. Good for harassing anti-abortionists and seizing private citizen's personal property also. |
|1970|| "The Comprehensive Drug Abuse prevention and Control Act" passed. Allows forfeiture of property without due process. [I thought due process was guaranteed by our Constitution?] |
|1991|| Clarence Thomas, a black Conservative, is appointed to the Supreme Court. |
|1993|| Nelson Mandela and F.W. de Klerk were named winners of the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to end apartheid. |
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