Historical Political Events for December 11

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Year Event
1725 George Mason, principle author and advocate of the Bill of Rights, was born this date.
1816 The state of INDIANA is admitted to the Union.
1922 The U.S. Supreme Court decides in "U.S. v. LANZA", 260 U.S. 377 (1922), that it is quite all right to try the same person twice for the same crime in spite of what the Bill of Rights may say.
1939 In "NARDONE v. UNITED STATES, 308 U.S. 338 (1939)", the U.S. Supreme Court outlaws the use of wiretapping evidence obtained without a warrant.
1941 Germany and Italy, in accord with the pact of Sept. 27, 1940, supported Japan by declaring war on the United States.
1980 "Hazardous Waste Containment Act of 1980" becomes law. Funds the Superfund. Had cost $27 Billion by 1993 -- expected to cost $151 billion more for non-federal cleanup alone! The effort is another expensive failure, of course. More here.
1994 Russian forces invaded Chechnya, launching a full-scale attack on Grozny, the Chechen capital on Dec. 31.
1997 The Kyoto Climate Accord: Representatives from 150 nations agreed yesterday on a package of measures that for the first time would legally obligate industrial countries to cut emissions of waste industrial gases that some scientists say are warming the Earth's atmosphere.
2003 Today's Example of a Most Interesting Government Purchase - from the Guardian Unlimited: Erinys International; Headed by South African Sean Cleary, a former senior official in pre-independence Namibia. Directors include Alastair Morrison, former SAS officer. Erinys has been awarded a $40m contract to guard oil sites and pipelines in Iraq.
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Quote of
the Day
That a well-regulated militia, composed of the body of the people trained to arms, is the proper, natural and safe defense of a free state; that standing armies in time of peace should be avoided as dangerous to liberty; and that in all cases the military should be under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power.
    — George Mason, Article 13 of The Virginia Declaration of Rights of 1776
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