Historical Political Events for March 24

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Year Event
1832 The Creek Indians sign a treaty ceding their lands east of the Mississippi to the U.S.
1918 Trial begins here in the "Land of the Free" of 101 Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), "Wobblies", union activists in Chicago for opposition to World War I; tried for violating the Espionage Act. It lasted five months, the longest criminal trial in American history up to that time. The jury found them all guilty. The judge sentenced IWW leader "Big Bill" Haywood and 14 others to 20 years in prison; 33 were given 10 years, others less.
1934 The Tydings-McDuffie Act becomes law. It provided for Philippine independence, to take effect on July 4, 1946, after a 10-year transitional period of Commonwealth government. A minor part for sure, but it also effectively stopped immigration of Filipinos to the U.S. and declared that those who already live here would become aliens.
1972 Equal Employment Opportunity Act, Pub. L. 92-261, is signed into law.
1976 A military coup deposes President Isabel Perón of Argentina, and all political parties and unions are “suspended.” (From The Encarta® 2000 New World Timeline © Copyright 1998, Helicon Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.)
1986 U.S. Sinks Libyan Patrol Boats. Four Libyan vessels were sunk or damaged and an SA-5 radar site was crippled.
1986 The Federal Debt passed through the $2,000,000,000,000 mark on this date. Under Bush's (R) regime the debt increased almost $4,000,000,000,000 (4 trillion dollars) or double the increase from the beginning of the U.S.A. to 1986!
1988 U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North, former deputy director of the National Security Council, pleads not guilty to criminal charges arising from the Iran–Contra affair. (from Encarta® 2000)
1999 United States and NATO begin 78 days of bombing of Yugoslavia and Kosovo.
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I must study politics and war, that my sons may have the liberty to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, and naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry and porcelain.
    — John Adams (1735-1826)
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