Historical Political Events for April 4

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Year Event
1929 The Government announces that 190 persons have died as a direct result of enforcing the Prohibition law. On April 22, President Hoover asserts that lawlessness is now the chief national concern. [Why didn't we learn anything from that fiasco?]
1949 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) treaty signed (Wash DC) by 12 "peace loving" nations, the purpose being to contain the "war loving" Russians. Later, May 28, 2002, the Rushkies were invited into the NATO fold, the purpose being to contain ??
1968 Martin Luther King, Jr. assassinated.
1975 Vietnam Orphans Plane Disaster - 172 die.
1979 Former president of Pakistan Zulfikar 'ali Bhutto was executed by the Pakistani government under President Zia. The terrorist group Al-Zulfikar, founded by his two sons, is named after him.
1996 The "Freedom to Farm Act" of 1995 passes that will eliminate some government support for farmers and price fixing of agriculture products (such as milk) -- maybe, but if so, only temporarily. A watershed change in farm policy? Not to worry - subsequent congressional acts quickly over corrected any reforms in subsidizing of farmers that this bill was supposed to provide.
2006 In Massachusetts legislators passed a bill requiring all citizens to have health insurance. Gov. Romney, a true "Conservative", signed it on April 12. The cost of the plan was estimated at $1 billion, about as much as the state spends on the uninsured.
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Quote of
the Day
Cowardice asks the question--is it safe? Expediency asks the question--is it politic? Vanity asks the question--is it popular? But conscience asks the question--is it right? There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because it is right.
    — Martin Luther King, Jr.
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