Historical Political Events for June 25

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Year Event
1788 Virginia is admitted as the 10th U.S. state.
1798 The Alien and Sedition Act of 1798, 1 Stat. 570, empowered the President to deport any alien he found dangerous to the peace and safety of the Nation. [The first demonstration on how easy it is to violate the "Bill of Rights"?]
1876 The Battle of the Little Big Horn this date ends in the massacre of a 264-man U.S. Seventh Cavalry force under Lieut. Col. George Armstrong Custer, 37, at the hands of Sioux chief Sitting Bull, 42, with tribesmen under chieftains Gall and Crazy Horse.
1938 The Fair Labor Standards Act sets the minimum wage at 25 cents per hour and prohibits child labor.
1941 Under threat of a massive march on Washington by blacks, President Roosevelt (D) issues his famous Executive Order 8802 which "forbade discrimination in the employment of workers in defense industries or Government because of race, creed, or national origin" and established the "Fair Employment Practices Committee" (F.E.P.C.) to administer it (From Poor Law to Welfare State, 5th Ed., by Walter I. Trattner). Employment of blacks in the defense industries increased by only about 5% but their number in the total government increased from about 40,000 to over 300,000!
1943 To deal with the increasing problem of unions striking critical industries, such as coal mine and railroad, during war time, Congress passed the Smith-Connally Anti-Strike Act, which forbids striking any war industry and gives the Government the right to seize any such operations.
1948 The U.S. Criminal Code (18 U.S.C. 1913; 62 Stat. 792; June 25, 1948) prohibits the use of appropriated funds to influence Congress outside of official channels.
1950 North Korea invades South Korea. Beginning of the Korean War.
1962 The U.S. Supreme Court in Engel v. Vitale holds that the reading of a prayer in public schools violates the 1st and 14th amendments to the Constitution, despite the fact that the prayer in question is nondenominational and participation on the part of the students is voluntary.
1987 Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert Anderson is sentenced to 1 month in prison and 5 years probation for tax evasion.
1996 At the Al-Khobar Towers, where U.S. Troops in Saudi Arabia were housed, a tanker truck is exploded, killing 19 U.S. military personnel and injuring hundreds of others of many nationalities.
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Quote of
the Day
When Wall Street yells war, you may rest assured every pulpit in the land will yell war.
    — Eugene V. Debs, speech, Canton, Ohio, June 16, 1918
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