Historical Political Events for March 6

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Year Event
1820 The Missouri Compromise was enacted by Congress and signed by President James Monroe, providing for the admission of Missouri into the Union as a slave state, but prohibited slavery in the rest of the northern Louisiana Purchase territory.
1836 The 13-day siege of the Alamo ended when 3,000 Mexican troops under Santa Anna captured the mission fort defended by 180 Texans including Jim Bowie and Davey Crockett.
1857 The Supreme Court announces the "Dred Scott" decision in which they declare that the fugitive slave, Dred Scott, must be returned to his owners. The decision is based on the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, which is upheld.
1933 President Roosevelt closes all banks. Following passage by Congress of the Emergency Banking Act, 3 days later, sound banks were permitted to reopen.
1961 Executive Order 10925 established Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on this date. It was charged with elimination of race, creed, color, and national origin as barriers to employment in the government as well as in firms employed on government contracts. The order used the term "affirmative action" to refer to measures designed to achieve non-discrimination.
1975 Signing of an Iran-Iraq agreement at an OPEC summit in Algiers. Iran pledged to cut off aid to Kurdish rebels in Iraq. In exchange, Iraq relinquished its claim to full possession of the Shatt al-Arab, the waterway extending from the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates to the Persian Gulf. The concession remained a source of deep resentment to Iraq, and the issue contributed to the outbreak of the Iran-Iraq War in 1980.
1980 Health and Human Services created.
1990 The Soviet Parliament approves a property law that gives private citizens the right to own the means of production and other business enterprises -- for the first time since the early 1920s.
2006 Congress amends the Patriot act to, among other evils, require drug information databases on all Americans. Getting relief for your clogged nose can now be very suspicious!
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Quote of
the Day
There are 100,000,000,000 stars in the galaxy. That used to be a huge number. But it's only a hundred billion. It's less than the national deficit! We used to call them astronomical numbers. Now we should call them economical numbers.
    — Richard Feynman
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