Historical Political Events for July 30

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Year Event
1676 Bacon's Rebellion - Tobacco planters led by Nathan Bacon ask for and are denied permission to attack the Susquehannock Indians, who have been conducting raids on colonists' settlement. Enraged at Governor Berkeley's refusal, the colonists burn Jamestown and kill many Indians before order is restored in October.
1942 President Roosevelt (D) signs bill creating women's Navy auxiliary agency (WAVES).
1956 US national motto, "In God We Trust", authorized. According to Mark Twain, "In God We Trust. I don't believe it would sound any better if it were true."
1965 President Johnson (D) signs Medicare bill, which went into effect the following year. To see how it has grown, click here.
1968 The ethnic chauvinist Ba'ath party seized power in Iraq. A young functionary named Saddam Hussein took charge of purging dissent, and did so with brutal efficiency, quickly ensconcing himself as Iraq's strongman. Within a month of formally assuming the presidency in 1979, 500 top officials lay dead, victims of Saddam's paranoia.
1991 In a summit meeting between President Gorbachev and President Bush (R), the USSR and the U.S. signed a Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), which committed each side to reducing its nuclear weapons by 30 percent. Meanwhile, the U.S. granted the USSR most-favored-nation status.
1997 During April-July, the Clinton Administration notified Congress of over $3.7 billion of proposed arms sales or giveaways to developing countries. For details on how we arm the third-world countries see, "Arm Sales Monitor - Deals in the Works"
2002 President Bush (R) signed into law the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, a sweeping piece of reform legislation intended to protect investors by improving the accuracy and reliability of corporate disclosures made pursuant to the securities laws. As with most modern legislation, the act was passed in a hurry with little review. [Too bad Bush didn't see fit to tighten the screws on the criminals in the government!]
2008 Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 passed. FHA to guarantee up to $300 billion in new mortgages. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac placed under the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Was it good for us or them?
2008 National Debt Limit increased from $9815 billion to $10,615 billion. Wars have to be paid for.
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Quote of
the Day
No, I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God.
    — George H.W. Bush, August 27, 1987
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