Historical Political Events for June 16

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Year Event
1779 Spain declares war on Britain (From Chronology of Modern World: 1763 - 1992, 2nd edition, Macmillan Library, 1994)
1918 Eugene Victor Debs makes a speech in Canton, Ohio advocating resistance to World War I, draft resistance in particular. The federal government responded by prosecuting him and having him thrown in the federal penitentiary. Still imprisoned in 1920, he again ran for President of the U.S., from his jail cell, winning over 1 million votes (about 3.5%). A feat most third party candidates cannot achieve today -- even while still out of jail!
1933 National Industrial Recovery Act (NIRA) and Banking (Glass-Steagall) Act of 1933 passed (It created the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) empowered to guarantee individual bank deposits up to $5000). Farm Credit Act also becomes law.
1935 President Roosevelt's "New Deal" was passed by the US Congress to start a recovery program to escape the Great Depression. It was the start of America's great shift to a massive and all-powerful central government.
1976 A protest by school children in Soweto township south of Johannesburg against the government's insistence that Afrikaans be used as a medium of instruction in schools begins the Soweto uprising in South Africa.
2010 Today's Example of a Most Interesting Government Purchase (announced in the PR-Newswire): GTEC Wins $45 Million ID/IQ Contract to Provide Expeditionary Water Packaging Systems to U.S. Marine Corps. The U.S. Marine Corps has chosen to use GTEC's independently developed, mobile water packaging system to meet their expeditionary water needs.
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Quote of
the Day
[Our rulers] are continually talking about your patriotic duty. It is not their but your patriotic duty that they are concerned about. There is a decided difference. Their patriotic duty never takes them to the firing line or chucks them into the trenches.
    — Eugene V. Debs (1855-1926)
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