Historical Political Events for December 08

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Year Event
1931 With millions out of work, others without food, wages depressed, and the country in a major depression, President Hoover, in his annual message to Congress, says he thinks it would be a good idea to raise taxes!
1977 Congress bans U.S. manufacture of nearly all aerosol products containing fluorocarbons {pdf} which allegedly pose a threat to the ozone layer. Other countries do not follow. (We needed a replacement for the Cranberry crisis which had fizzled)
1987 President Reagan and Party Leader Gorbachev sign a treaty agreeing to eliminate medium-range intermediate nuclear weapons in their arsenals.
1991 Republics Declare End of Soviet Union: leaders of three of the 15 Soviet Republics, Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin, Ukrainian President Leonid M. Kravchuk and the Belarusian leader Stanislav Shushkevich, released a declaration known as the Belavezha Accords, which declared that the Soviet Union was to be dissolved and succeeded by the Commonwealth of Independent States, a loose confederation of former Soviet states.
1993 NAFTA - legislation to implement the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) signed by President Clinton, to go into effect at the beginning of 1994.
1998 In "KNOWLES v. IOWA", the Supreme Court ruled police cannot be given blanket authority to search people and their cars without consent after ticketing them for routine traffic violations. [If they ask, "Just say NO"]
2000 The Florida Supreme Court orders manual recounts to begin in Gore's election challenge and adds 383 votes to his total.
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Quote of
the Day
Shake off all fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.
    — Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), Letter to his nephew Peter Carr, August 10, 1787
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