Historical Political Events for June 4

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Year Event
1892 The Sierra Club was incorporated in San Francisco.
1904 Congress passed an act that extended the limits of levee construction on the Mississippi river from the mouth of the Ohio River north to Cape Girardeau, MO. [An example of proper and beneficial government activity, in that protection against floods is surely a "public good".]
1923 In Meyer v. Nebraska 262 U.S. 390, the Supreme Court rules that a law banning the teaching of foreign languages or teaching in languages other than English is unconstitutional. Court says that certain areas of people's private lives are protected from government interference.
1946 President Harry Truman (D) signs into law the National School Lunch Act, P.L. 79-396. According to the Congressional Record of this day, "By the end of its first year about 7.1 million children were participating in the National School Lunch Program . Today, over 25 million children receive a nutritious lunch under the program ." Managed by the Department of Agriculture, success is measured by the number of students that sign up for the program -- not by how many manage to get by without it. Techniques for getting everyone on the program are promoted.
1947 The House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved the Taft-Hartley Act. Vetoed by President Truman but overridden.
1951 The Supreme Court, in "DENNIS v. UNITED STATES", curbs the freedom of speech, ruling "clear and present danger" of incitement to riot is cause for arrest. [Apparently, "freedom of speech" is a vague right.]
1964 The U.S. food stamp program conducted at Rochester, N.Y., from 1939 to 1943 is reactivated on a broad scale by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help feed needy Americans. [And keeps the agriculture subsidy programs alive]
1989 Tanks rolled into Beijing's Tiananmen Square and soldiers fired on the thousands of unarmed students and workers protesting for democratic reforms.
1990 Detroit pathologist Dr. Jack Kevorkian assists Janet Adkins of Portland, Oregon in his first physician-assisted suicide. "No good deed goes unpunished", so Dr. Kevorkian had to serve over 8 years in prison of his 20 year sentence, for such acts of compassion. He was released on 6/1/07.
1999 President Clinton (D) issues Executive Order (EO) #13124 "to give individuals with psychiatric disabilities the same hiring opportunities as persons with severe physical disabilities or mental retardation under the Civil Service Rules, and to permit individuals with psychiatric disabilities to obtain Civil Service competitive status". [Apparently the USPS would not give up any of their employees to other agencies.] EO's are used by some presidents to bypass the legislative process in establishing new laws.
2009 Obama Administration announces its Financial Regulatory Reform Plan; plan creates a Financial Services Oversight Council.
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Quote of
the Day
There is nothing anyone can do anyway. The public has no power. The government knows I'm not a criminal. The parole board knows I'm not a criminal. The judge knows I'm not a criminal. . .I gambled and I lost. I failed in securing my options for this choice for myself, but I succeeded in verifying the Dark Age is still with us.
    — Dr. Jack Kevorkian
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