Historical Political Events for March 31

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Year Event
1492 The Spanish Inquisition is extended by the decree that orders Granada's 150,000 Jews to pack up and leave the country by July 31 -- "for the honor and glory of God". Columbus's second voyage is financed in part by the sale of assets formerly owned by Jews. Interesting details are in the Congressional document, "Columbus' Story Has a Jewish Chapter".
1933 Reforestation Relief Act passed. Created the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) with 250,000 immediate jobs for men aged 18-25.
1968 President Johnson (D) announced that he would neither seek nor accept nomination for a second term. A casualty of the Vietnam war.
1980 President Carter (D) signs the "Depository Institutions Deregulation" Act (Banking Deregulation Act) that removes ceilings on interest paid to small depositors. [With government you get to screw things up and then when you correct it, you are a hero. Very clever.]
1994 Clinton (D) signs Goals 2000: Educate America Act (Public Law 103-227) which establishes a new federal partnership through a system of grants to states and local communities to reform the nation's education system. The Act formalizes the national education goals and establishes the National Education Goals Panel. Creates a National Education Standards and Improvement Council (NESIC). A major federal takeover of public education.
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Quote of
the Day
Wherever is found what is called a paternal government, there is found state education. It has been discovered that the best way to insure implicit obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery.
    — Benjamin Disraeli, British Prime Minister (1874)
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