Historical Political Events for May 31

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Year Event
1162 The birth of Ghengis Khan, founder of the United Mongol State. This date is celebrated with a festival.
1902 In Pretoria, South Africa, representatives of Great Britain and the Boer states sign the Treaty of Vereeniging, officially ending the 3 1/2 years South African Boer War.
1921 Tulsa race riots commence. Full report and some photos.
1955 In "BROWN v. BOARD OF EDUCATION II", the US Supreme Court orders school integration "with all deliberate speed".
1957 Arthur Miller, playwright, was convicted for contempt of Congress for refusing to name other celebrities as likely Communist supporters to the House of Representatives Un-American Activities Committee.
1989 House speaker Jim Wright (D. Tex.), who Faced 69 ethical charges, announced his resignation as speaker and from the House. Rep. Tony Coehlo (D. Calif.), also under scrutiny, announced his resignation as the House "majority whip".
1994 The United States announced it was no longer aiming long-range nuclear missiles at targets in the former Soviet Union {pdf}.
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Quote of
the Day
Few of us can easily surrender our belief that society must somehow make sense. The thought that The State has lost its mind and is punishing so many innocent people is intolerable. And so the evidence has to be internally denied.
    — Arthur Miller, playwright
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