Historical Political Events for May 19

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Year Event
1828 "Tariff of Abominations" bill becomes law. Imposed high tariffs on imported goods. Mainly directed at the South which was for free trade and was one of the major causes of the War Between the States (Civil War).
1913 The Webb Alien Land-Holding Bill is signed in California, excluding Japanese from owning land.
1917 The Selective Service law was passed which established the "draft" for millions of young American men to fight in World War I.
1920 Matewan, a small town in the 1920's West Virginia explodes when unionist miners clash with the owners of a tyrannical coal company. Ten people, including the mayor are killed in the "Matewan Massecre".
1924 Soldiers' Bonus Bill for veterans of the First World War passed, over the president's veto.
1986 The Firearms Owners' Protection Act (FOPA) was signed into law. The law attempted to reinforce the right to bear arms, as guaranteed by the Bill of Rights.
1986 In Wygant v. Jackson Board of Education, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the school board, maintaining that for their policy of protecting minority employees by laying off non-minority teachers first -- even though the non-minority employees had seniority -- the injury suffered by non-minorities affected could not justify the benefits to minorities.
1997 President Bill Clinton (D) renews China's “most favored nation” status (granting it trade concessions), despite doubts over its human-rights record. (from the Encarta® 2000 New World Timeline © Copyright 1998, Helicon Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.)
1998 French lawmakers vote to cut the work week from 39 hours to 35 by 2002, a measure aimed at reducing France's 12 percent unemployment rate. (from The Encarta® 2000)
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Quote of
the Day
Politicians are like diapers. They both need changing regularly and for the same reason.
    — Author Unknown
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