Historical Political Events for August 1

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Year Event
1790 The first U.S. census was completed, showing a population of nearly 4 million people. Count included slaves and free African-Americans. Indians were not included. Now, as usual for government agencies, the Census Bureau has expanded its operations for beyond the original Constitutional intent.
1800 The "Act of Union" passed, forming the UNITED KINGDOM and a single legislature for Britain and Ireland. It took effect on Jan. 1, 1801.
1836 Colorado is admitted as the 38th U.S. state.
1914 Germany declares war on Russia. France mobilizes and Italy declares neutrality.
1933 The National Recovery Administration (NRA) begins its operations. America's first major experiment with socialism (fascism?). Wages were raised and hours cut back. Within 6 months, industrial production had dropped 25%. The United States Supreme Court will eventually knock down the NRA; Roosevelt will replace it with the Works Progress Administration (WPA).
1943 Even with World War II raging on, residents of Harlem find reason to have race riots. 6 killed.
1946 President Truman (D) establishes Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) which later became the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Recent claims to fame have to do with their sloppy security.
1965 Britain bans cigarette advertising from commercial television.
1966 University of Texas, Austin, mass shooting. Marked by the 1966 Texas Tower shootings where student Charles Whitman climbed a 27-story tower on the University of Texas campus shooting dead 14 people and wounding 31 others.
1980 Vigdís Finnbogadóttir took office as president of Iceland after she won a closely contested election on June 29. She was the world's first popularly elected female head of state. She was reelected in 1984, 1988, and 1992.
2007 Minneapolis Bridge, Interstate 35, Collapses: 79 injured, 13 killed.
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Quote of
the Day
By the year 2012, projected outlays for entitlements and interest on the national debt will consume all tax revenues collected by the federal government … There will not be one cent left over for education, children's programs, highways, national defense, or any other discretionary program.
    — Bipartisan U.S. Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform [But who cares - the world will be ending then anyway.]
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