Historical Political Events for March 10

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Year Event
1830 Controversy arose between Georgia and the Cherokee Indians and led to development of Jackson's Indian policy. An act of this date, authorized the president to locate on lands west of the Mississippi all Indians who surrendered their holdings east of the river. The act led to the creation of an area west of Arkansas as the final home for the southern Indians. A commission of Indian affairs was created. (Encyclopedia of World History)
1848 The U.S. Senate ratified the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, ending the war with Mexico.
1894 New York Governor Roswell P. Flower signed the nation's first dog-licensing law.
1919 The U.S. Supreme Court upholds conviction of Eugene V. Debs for espionage. Debs, a union organizer, made an anti-war speech in 1918, which is sufficient to get you arrested in this land of the free. He served 2 1/2 years of his 10 year sentence for this little test of free speech, being finally pardoned by President Harding. He ran for president on the Socialist ticket while in prison and won 3.5% of the total -- not too shabby by today's third party performances.
1966 French President Charles de Gaulle pulls France out of NATO's integrated military structure.
1979 The People's Chronology, published by Henry Holt, Copyright 1992, reports that U.S. spending on education has now reached $151.5 Billion, up form $8.3 Billion in 1950, while student proficiency scores fall sharply. [Almost in inverse proportion?]
1989 U.S. president George Bush nominates Dick Cheney as U.S. defense secretary. The Senate later approves this choice. [The Encarta® 2000 New World Timeline © Copyright 1998, Helicon Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.] Cheney enjoys his first swing around the revolving door.
2004 At a cost of approximately $4.7 million, the US government has just bought the world's biggest ever solid state memory, "RAMdisk", from Texas Memory Systems. Most likely the memory bank will be used to do simultaneous searches of large databases that the government has on the citizens.
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Quote of
the Day
To live only for some future goal is shallow. It's the sides of the mountain which sustain life, not the top. Here's where things grow.
    — Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
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