Historical Political Events for July 7

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Year Event
1846 At the end of the Mexican War, US annexes California. "Manifest Destiny" made us do it.
1862 The first Land Grant Act was passed by Congress, by which public lands were sold for agricultural education. Such legislation was the start of many state universities.
1898 President McKinley signs a bill that annexes Hawaii.
1937 Fighting broke out between Chinese and Japanese at Lukouchiao.
1937 The Peel report recommended partition of Palestine.
1948 Six female reservists become first women sworn into regular US Navy.
1979 Communist China is granted "Most-Favored-Nation" status by the US. [Why "Most-favored"? How about "Barely-Acceptable"?]
1986 Supreme Court struck down, in Synar v. Bowsher, the Gramm-Rudman deficit-reduction law.
1999 A landmark lawsuit by smokers yielded a verdict that could cost the tobacco industry billions in damages as a jury held the companies liable for making a defective product that causes emphysema, lung cancer and other illnesses.
2005 UK: Three near-simultaneous bombs on London transportation system, followed by another bombing less than an hour later, kill more than 50, wounding over 700. Al-Qa'ida later claims responsibility.
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Quote of
the Day
The free man owns himself. He can damage himself with either eating or drinking; he can ruin himself with gambling. If he does he is certainly a damn fool, and he might possibly be a damned soul; but if he may not, he is not a free man any more than a dog.
    — G.K. Chesterton, Broadcast talk 6-11-35
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