Historical Political Events for May 8

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Year Event
1914 The Smith-Lever Act is passed by Congress. It establishes agricultural extension services in the counties of each state and government funded vocational education.
1916 A 17-year-old black, Jesse Washington, was arrested and charged with bludgeoning to death 53-year-old Lucy Fryer, the wife of a white farmer, 7 miles south of Waco, TX. On May 15, after a short trial, he was lynched by a mob and burned to death. This "Waco Horror" was the most notorious of the 492 lynchings in Texas from 1882 to 1930.
1954 French are defeated in Vietnam at a terrible cost (1.3 million Vietnamese and 95,000 French dead). It is reported that the US funded three fourths of the cost of this war. Vietnam is divided into North and South. The US, was totally unimpressed. After all this was the French. So, we decide to show the world how such insurrections are put down. Too bad - we had a pretty good record with wars until then.
1962 The Department of Justice orders court action to halt racial segregation in hospitals built with federal funds.
1968 Public Law 90-302, enacted this date, establishes the Special Food Service Program for Children (SFSPFC). Provides Federal reimbursement for meals served in institutions providing nonresidential day care.
2002 Jose Padilla, a US citizen, was arrested this date when he stepped off an airplane at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. He was held in federal custody for a month, until June 9, when President Bush (R) ordered his transfer to a military brig for indefinite detention in order to forestall a habeas corpus petition filed on Padilla’s behalf by a public defender. [All in violation of the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th Amendments to the Constitution.]
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Quote of
the Day
Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.
    — Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)
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