Historical Political Events for August 18

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Year Event
1883 Corrupt and Illegal Practices Act limits spending of all parties in a British general election to £800,000 and limits spending of individual candidates.
1891 A Presidential decree opens 900,000 acres in the Oklahoma Territory to white settlement, following agreements by the Sauk, Fox, and Potawotamie Indians ceding those acres to the United States. As if they had a choice!
1894 Congress established the Bureau of Immigration, forerunner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
2003 U.S. soldiers shot and killed a Reuters television cameraman [Mazen Dana] outside a prison west of Baghdad. A U.S. military spokesman said . . . the troops mistook his camera for a rocket-propelled grenade launcher.
2005 Today's Example of a Most Interesting Government Purchase: General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, has been awarded an $18 million contract by the National Security Agency (NSA) to design and develop a mobile telephone/personal digital assistant.
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Quote of
the Day
The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at and repair.
    — Douglas Adams, Mostly Harmless (1992)
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