Historical Political Events for December 6

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Year Event
1862 On this date, President Lincoln ordered the execution of 39 of the 303 Santee Sioux Indians that had been condemned after a very hasty trial. A mass hanging of these unlucky ones was conducted on December 26, 1862 -- "the largest official mass execution in American history in which guilt of the executed cannot be positively determined".
1865 The 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery, was ratified by the states.
1904 The Supreme Court upholds the right of the state to enforce compulsory vaccination (in HENNING JACOBSON v. COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS). Justice Holmes later reasons that, "The principle that sustains compulsory vaccination is broad enough to cover cutting the Fallopian tubes." ("Opinion of Justice Holmes, U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Case of Buck vs. Bell, 1927." Birth Control Review. Volume XVII, Number 4 (April 1933), page 82.)
1921 Anglo-Irish Treaty signed. Subsequently, January 15, 1922, the treaty is ratified in which a Northern Ireland partition becomes the Irish Free State.
1937 In Palko v. Connecticut, 302 U.S. 319, the Supreme Court refuses to require states to protect people under the double jeopardy clause of the Bill of Rights.
1973 Gerald Ford (R) is sworn in as Vice President on this date -- the first time in U.S. history that the holder of the presidential office had not been elected either as president or as vice president -- to replace the disgraced Spiro T. Agnew (R), who had resigned.
1980 Jim Bakker and one of his buddies have some aggressive office sex with Jessica Hahn which ultimately turns out to be very expensive!
2001 Afghans celebrated in Kandahar after the Taliban lost the last major city under their control. U.S. troops were firing upon Taliban forces fleeing Kandahar, U.S. Gen. Tommy Franks said at a news conference at U.S. Central Command headquarters.
2006 Iraq Study Group Report released. Ignored.
and . . .
Quote of
the Day
88% could not find Afghanistan on a map of Asia.
Only 37% of those surveyed could find Iraq or Saudi Arabia on a map of the Middle East, and 75% couldn't find Israel or Iran.
70% could not find North Korea on a map.
Half of the young Americans could not find the state of New York on a map.

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