Historical Political Events for June 23

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Year Event
1683 English Quaker William Penn signed his famous treaty with the Lenni Lenape Indians of Pennsylvania. Voltaire once remarked that it was the only treaty never sworn to, and never broken.
1940 The Führer, Hitler, with his own eyes wanted to see that he had conquered his enemy, France, so takes a nice tour of Paris. By the way, he travels down the Champs Elysées with far less security detail than is now enjoyed by our president routinely -- in the U.S.A.!
1947 The Labor-Management Relations Act (Taft-Hartley) becomes law over a presidential veto. The act is designed to control union excesses.
1969 In Chimel v. California, 395 U.S. 752 (1969), the US Supreme Court held that police officers could search only within the immediate area of the suspect who was being arrested, without a search warrant.
1972 "Education Amendments of 1972" becomes law. Prohibits any discrimination at Educational institutions based on sex.
1988 James E. Hansen, NASA scientist, tells the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources that "Global Warming" threatens mankind. {pdf} Thus the demonstration of the power of "memes" (blind beliefs) is begun. For the population, the news media, and the politicians, all seem to accept that this is a fact even when scientists find the evidence very doubtful.
2005 The U.S. Supreme Court decides (5-4) in the case Kelo v. New London that local governments can seize residential and commercial property for private development projects against the will of property owners as a "public use" and to increase the tax income.
1997 Today's Example of a Most Interesting Government Purchase: Army, Transportable decontamination system used to apply high-pressure, hot soapy water to vehicles, other equipment, and potentially personnel in the case of chemical or biological incidents., $14,446,206. [Some sort of portable car wash?]
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Quote of
the Day
Today, one of the most powerful religions in the Western World is environmentalism. . . . I can, with a lot of time, give you the factual basis for these views, and I can cite the appropriate journal articles not in whacko magazines, but in the most prestigeous science journals, such as Science and Nature. But such references probably won't impact more than a handful of you, because the beliefs of a religion are not dependant on facts, but rather are matters of faith.
    — Michael Crichton, author of State of Fear, in "Environmentalism as a Religion"
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