Historical Political Events for April 21

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Year Event
1649 The Maryland Toleration Act, which provides for freedom of worship for all Christians, is passed by the Maryland assembly.
1836 Republic of Texas general Sam Houston defeats his Mexican counterpart General Antonio Lopes de Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto, thereby securing the independence of Texas and ending the Texas-Mexican War. (The Encarta® 2000 New World Timeline © Copyright 1998, Helicon Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.)
1898 Spanish-American War, April 21-August 12 {pdf}. The war gets under way with the firing of the first shot by the USS Nashville while capturing a Spanish merchant ship off Key West, Florida.
1914 US Marines invade Veracruz, Mexico, and stay for 6 months. Hundreds of times in the last 210 years, the United States has deployed its military forces in conflicts abroad, although the U.S. has only formally declared war on eleven occasions.
1930 322 prisoners Killed by Ohio Penitentiary Fire.
1967 Military junta seizes control of Greece (deposing king).
1971 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on its first abortion case: United States v. Vuitch. The Court upheld the Washington, D.C. law allowing abortion only to preserve a woman's life or "health".
1976 The Supreme Court affirms the Bank Secrecy Act, alleging that citizens do not have a right to privacy when it comes to bank records.
1997 The Supreme Court declares drug tests mandated by a government body - federal, state or local - to be "searches" under the Fourth Amendment. And, such searches are only permissible where there is reasonable suspicion.
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Quote of
the Day
Deception and self-deception are the cornerstone of human sociality, and probably have more to do with the evolution of our big brain than solving the block design test.
    — Irwin Silverman
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