Historical Political Events for October 31

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Year Event
1517 Luther nailed on the door of the castle church at Wittenberg his 95 theses (in Latin) against the misuse of absolution or indulgences. (from The Encyclopedia of World History, 2001)
1864 The state of Nevada is admitted to the Union.
1913 The Federal Income Tax was signed into law (at 1%). IRS, the collection agency, eventually develops gestapo-like methods of collection -- which is finally getting some attention.
1967 Some 2.7 million Americans receive food stamp assistance as of Thanksgiving. Twenty years later, the number has grown to ten times that figure in spite of a phenomenal increase in prosperity. Why? A clue: it is administered by the Agriculture Department.
1978 "PREGNANCY DISCRIMINATION ACT", P.L. 95-555 becomes law. A bill to amend title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prohibit sex discrimination on the basis of pregnancy.
1984 In India, Indira Gandhi was assassinated by Sikh members of her personal guard, Beant Singh and Satwant Singh. Rajiv Gandhi was sworn in as India's new prime minister. The next day, massacres of Sikhs were launched in Delhi and other cities; the police and India's army ignored them. By official count, more than 1,000 Sikhs were murdered in Delhi alone.
1994 "California Desert Protection Act" becomes law- designates 9.4 million acres of desert in California as national park land and preserves.
1994 US agrees to build $5 billion nuclear power plant for North Korea in a bribe for peace. Results are murky, at best.
1998 President Clinton (D) signs the "Iraq Liberation Act" which states that "... the policy of the United States to support efforts to remove the regime headed by Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq and to promote the emergence of a democratic government to replace that regime,".
-- Halloween
and . . .
Quote of
the Day
It is not worth an intelligent man's time to be in the majority. By definition, there are already enough people to do that.
    — G. H. Hardy
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