Historical Political Events for December 1

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Year Event
1055 During this month, Tughril Beg, who headed what had become a Seljuk Turk Empire, entered Baghdad and was given the title of Sultan [ruler] by the Caliph, who still held his state in that city although he was utterly powerless.
1145 Pope Eugene III proclaims the Second Crusade in an effort to retake territory once again coming under the control of Muslim forces.
1642 The General Court of Connecticut adopted a list of 12 capital crimes, including "man lying with man." The law was based on the Massachusetts Bay Colony's Liberties of 1641.
1955 Rosa Parks arrested for not giving up her bus seat.
1969 The Selective Service initiates the first draft lottery since 1942.
1970 Italy's parliament gives final approval to a law granting divorce in certain circumstances.
1980 The U.S. Surgeon General reports that all cigarettes are harmful to one's health, particularly women. [Thanks for the info -- now, tell me one more time why the government still subsidizes tobacco?]
1981 Congress passed the Military Cooperation with Law Enforcement Act,(Public Law 97-86) which amended Posse Comitatus by directing the military to give local, state and federal law enforcement access to military equipment, research and training for use in the drug war. Text here. Consequences discussed here.
1997 Today's Example of a Most Interesting Government Purchase (from the CBD): From the General Services Administration (GSA): "PROVIDING PROFESSIONAL CONSULTANT SERVICES IN THE FIELD OF LAND UTILIZATION, FINANCIAL MORTGAGING, REAL ESTATE LAW, AND REPRESENTATION FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE'S HOUSING REVITALIZATION SUPPORT OFFICE (HRSO)", AMT $30,000,000.00 To Ernst & Young LLP, Hawkins, Delafield & Wood, Deloitte & Touche LLP, KPMG Peat Marwick LLP. [You know, this would have bought a bunch of houses but I understand that actually providing more housing is not all that important.]
1998 In Canada, a new gun control law went into effect that required all 3 million gun owners to be licensedand every one of an estimated 7 million rifles and handguns to be registered.
1998 In Minnesota v Carter, the Supreme Court decided that someone visiting you does not have Fourth Amendment protections. Just an overnight guest? Maybe. [I am not making this up.]
2008 Treasury authorizes loans for General Motors ($13.4 billion) and Chrysler ($4 billion).
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Quote of
the Day
"Kill them all; for God knoweth them that are His." (his response when asked by the Crusaders what to do with the citizens of Beziers who were a mixture of Catholics and Cathars)
    — Arnaud-Amaury, Abbot of Citeaux, 1209
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