Historical Political Events for December 23

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Year Event
1902 An exceptionally brutal 3 year war waged by the U.S. Army against Filipino revolutionists ended this date with the signing of an armistice by the rebels. This left the US in possession of the archipelago of 7,100 islands. General Arthur MacArthur (father of Douglas) conducted this war that had Filipino casualties with estimates that vary between 50,000 to over 2,000,000. Many prominent U.S. citizens were outraged at the brutality exhibited by the U.S. Army.
1913 The Federal Reserve System is created.
1953 Dr. Oppenheimer loses security clearance due to contact with Communists in the '30s (and opposition to H-bomb.)
1972 A devastating earthquake hit Managua, killing over 10,000 and leaving approximately 200,000 homeless. Recognizing the lucrative potential of disasters, politicians pocketed millions in emergency aid, setting a record that was not broken until Hurricane Katrina came ashore in the US.
1975 Metric Conversion Act of 1975 (15 U.S.C. 205) -- Public Law 94-168, as amended on August 23, 1988 (P.L. 100-418), requires each Federal agency to use the metric system of measurement, where applicable, by the end of Fiscal Year 1992. [Those were heady days! Virtually a dead issue now.]
1985 Animal Welfare Act amended to provide exercise for dogs and the psychological well-being of primates used in research
1985 Food Security Act (FSA) linked conservation to eligibility for USDA program benefits.
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Quote of
the Day
The metric system has emerged as the choice of all the nations in the world with the exception of three countries: Myanmar (formerly Burma), Liberia, and the United States. [Sort of a "Coalition of the Willing for Metrification"!]
    — "Metric Transition Program", F&WS, U.S. Government
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