Historical Political Events for September 2

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Year Event
1192 The Treaty of Jaffa puts an end to hostilities of the Third Crusade. Negotiated between Richard I the Lion Heart and Saladin, Christian pilgrims are granted special rights of travel around Palestine and in Jerusalem.
1789 The Department of the Treasury created.
1792 The September Massacres: The September Massacres consisted of several attacks on the prisons in Paris. The massacres began on September 2, 1792 and lasted five days.
1945 Ho Chi Minh's troops seize power in Hanoi and proclaim an independent Vietnam.
1958 President Eisenhower (R) signs the National Defense Education Act, providing loans for college students and funds to encourage young people to enter teaching careers.
1958 US Air Force C-130 war plane with crew of 17 (6 killed, bodies returned to US custody; 11 unaccounted for, no remains) was apparently shot down by Soviet fighters 24 miles inside Soviet airspace in Soviet Armenia.
1964 More than $1 billion in U.S. federal aid for housing and urban renewal is authorized through September 30 of next year by a bill signed into law by President Johnson (D).
1974 The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) was signed into law by President Ford (R). The act provides for federal regulation and insurance of private pension benefits and establishes tax-deductible "Individual Retirement Accounts" (IRA and "401(k)").
1997 Today's Example of a Most Interesting Government Purchase (from the CBD): From the U.S. Department of Education, "EARLY CHILDHOOD LONGITUDINAL STUDY-KINGERGARTEN COHORT", AMT $23,063,823, TO WESTAT, INC.
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Quote of
the Day
You never see animals going through the absurd and often horrible fooleries of magic and religion...Dogs do not ritually urinate in the hope of persuading heaven to do the same and send down rain. Asses do not bray a liturgy to cloudless skies. Nor do cats attempt, by abstinence from cat's meat, to wheedle the feline spirits into benevolence. Only man behaves with such gratuitous folly. It is the price he has to pay for being intelligent but not, as yet, quite intelligent enough.

    — Aldous Huxley (1894 1963)
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