Historical Political Events for June 15

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Year Event
1215 King John was forced to sign the Magna Carta at Runnymede, limiting the power of the English monarchy. John immediately appeals to Pope Innocent III, who issues a bull annulling the charter. John imports foreign mercenaries to fight the barons, but the Magna Carta will remain the basis of English feudal justice.
1775 The American Congress formally appointed George Washington commander in chief of the Continental army.
1804 The 12th Amendment to the Constitution, election of vice president, was ratified by the states.
1836 Arkansas is admitted as the 25th U.S. state.
1846 The United States and Britain signed a treaty settling a boundary dispute between Canada and the United States in the Pacific Northwest at the 49th parallel.
1917 The Espionage Act is passed. Freedom of speech is guaranteed by the Constitution, unless, of course, it is unsuitable for the times and/or the situation.
1938 The Fair Labor Standards Act (Wage and Hour Law), passed by Congress this date, limits working hours to 40 per week and sets the minimum wage at $.30 (first year, $.25) per hour. A casualty: the new law wipes out Puerto Rico's 40,000-worker needlework industry where the going rate for skilled workers was 25 cents per hour!
1964 In Malloy v. Hogan, 378 U.S. 1, the Supreme Court rules that the right to protection against forced self incrimination applies to state trials.
1971 Nixon announces start of "War on Drugs"
2006 The US Supreme Court, in HUDSON v. MICHIGAN {pdf}, decided that a knock on the door is an unnecessary burden for the cops when they need entry into your "castle".
2010 Today's Example of a Most Interesting Government Purchase (announced in the FierceGovernment page): Defense Threat Reduction Agency Awards Sole Source ID/IQ Contract to IntelliScience Corporation for Intelligent Image Analysis. The indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract has a potential value of approximately $16.6M and will provide DTRA with IntelliScience systems and services that aid operators in detecting known and unknown threats in any type of digital imagery.
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Quote of
the Day
Morality is the best of all devices for leading mankind by the nose.
    — Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)
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