Historical Political Events for July 31

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Year Event
1948 HUAC begins Bentley-Chambers hearings - this is the origin of the Alger Hiss case - see Whittaker Chambers articles from the New York Times archives.
1953 Department of Health, Education & Welfare (HEW) created - now called Department of Health and Human Services.
1970 Dan Mitrone, a U.S. official who trained police in torture and other repressive activities, was captured and executed by the Tupamaros. The execution highlighted U.S. complicity in the terrorist methods used by the regime. He was portrayed by Yves Montand in Costa-Gavras's film State of Siege
1981 Panamanian dictator Torrijos Herrera is killed in a plane crash. Col. Manuel Noriega, longtime CIA informant, takes over. Later, he gets too cocky and loses his popularity with the U.S. government.
1991 U.S. president George Bush (R) and the Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev sign the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) to reduce their arsenals of long-range nuclear weapons by a third. (From The Encarta® 2000 New World Timeline © Copyright 1998, Helicon Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.)
1992 The Federal Debt passed through the $4,000,000,000,000 mark on or about this date. Under Bush's (R) regime the debt increased almost $4,000,000,000,000 (4 trillion dollars) or double the increase from the beginning of the U.S.A. to 1986! Now climbing at $1,094,020,010 a day!
1997 CSPI says caffeine is bad for you. No, the fact that it may help you get through the day is of no interest to these folks. Get over it -- and send them some more money. More here.
2004 The Michigan Supreme Court last night reversed its infamous Poletown decision, which had allowed the condemnation of private property for so-called "economic development."
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Quote of
the Day
"Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before," Bokonon tells us. "He is full of murderous resentment of people who are ignorant without having come by their ignorance the hard way."
    — Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle
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