Historical Political Events for May 6

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Year Event
1527 SACK OF ROME by the Spanish and German mercenaries of Charles. The sack was horrible even when judged by the customs of the day. (from The Encyclopedia of World History, 2001)
1861 The Confederacy Congress declares that a state of war exists with the U.S. The Arkansas legislature votes to secede from the Union.
1882 "Chinese Exclusion Act" is passed. Purpose was to stop Chinese immigration to the US.
1935 The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was established under the direction of long-time aide to President Roosevelt (D), Harry Hopkins. The WPA philosophy was to put the unemployed back to work in jobs which would serve the public good and conserve the skills and the self-esteem of workers throughout the U.S. Artists were not neglected, of course. 5,300 visual artists, 16,000 musicians, 12,700 theater workers, 6,686 writers, and others were given Federal employment.
1954 Federal-Aid Highway Act, authorizing the beginning of the Interstate Highway System, signed into law by President Eisenhower (R). During the '50s and '60s, 75 percent of federal transportation funds went to building highways while only 1 percent went to urban mass transit.
1960 President Eisenhower (R) signs yet another Civil Rights Act.
and . . .
Quote of
the Day
Liberals don't care what you do as long as it's compulsory.
    — M. Stanton Evans
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