Historical Political Events for July 2

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Year Event
1633 The Church sentences Galileo to house arrest for the rest of his life for writing that the earth was not the center of the universe.
1881 President Garfield is shot -- that is, assassinated -- by Charles Guiteau. He dies on September 19, 1881, apparently killed by his doctors, "not willing to get out until they finish the job".
1890 The Sherman Anti-Trust Act became law. Commentary here.
1926 U.S. Army Air Corps Established.
1928 Britain passes an act of parliament extended the franchise to women on the same terms as men.
1932 President Roosevelt (D) announces a "New Deal" for the American people.
1964 Civil Rights Act of 1964 signed by President Johnson (D). It is the first law that forbids discrimination based on race in private employment.
1967 Congress passes Selective Service Act reform: ends grad student deferments and puts them in a pool to be drafted in June 68.
1976 In "Gregg v. Georgia", the Supreme Court rules that Capital Punishment does not constitute "cruel and unusual punishment". Strangely, in 1972 they ruled that the death penalty was unconstitutional. Go figure.
1980 In "Fullilove v. Klutznick", the Supreme Court rules that the use of quotas in government contract awards based on past racial inequities is acceptable.
and . . .
Quote of
the Day
To assert that the earth revolves around the sun is as erroneous as to claim that Jesus was not born of a virgin.
    — Cardinal Bellarmine, during the trial of Galileo (1615)
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