Historical Political Events for September 8

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Year Event
1892 The original "Pledge of Allegiance" was written on this date and given to schools for students to recite. [It is interesting that this socialist inspired scheme is enthusiastically supported by modern "conservative" citizens.]
1951 Japanese Peace Treaty signed in San Francisco by U.S., Japan, and 47 other nations. The agreement permits U.S. troops to remain indefinitely in Japan and to assist UN action in East Asia. It also required Japan not to permit any other nation to impose bases or military authority there without U.S. consent.
1954 Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO) formed by collective defense pact signed in Manila by the U.S., Britain, France, Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Pakistan, and Thailand -- an anti-Communist alliance against "massive military aggression."
1974 US President Ford (R) pardoned Nixon (R) for his part in the Watergate affair.
1978 In Iran, the Shah's army gunned down hundreds of demonstrators in Teheran in what became known as the "Jaleh Square Massacre". The beginning of the end for the Shah in spite of massive support by the U.S.
1982 President Reagan (R) signs into law the Uniformed Services Former Spouses Protection Act (USFSPA, Public Law 97-252, which allows divorce courts to award half of a Military Retiree's pay to the former spouse. The bill was made retroactive to June 25,1981, in violation of the Constitution's "ex post facto" clause. Efforts to change the law are active.
1989 The Department of Veterans Affairs created.
1998 Today's Example of a Most Interesting Government Purchase (from the CBD): From the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), "WELFARE TO WORK EVALUATION", AMT $11,394,004.00 TO Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., P.O. Box 2393, Princeton, NJ, 08543-2393. [Now do you see why welfare is so expensive?]
2008 Washington Mutual (WAMU) fails; JPMorgan Chase acquires WAMU’s assets.
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Quote of
the Day
Within about 10 days after you have applied for help, if an inspection is required to process your application, an inspector will contact you to make an appointment to visit your property. . . Within about 10 days of the inspector’s visit, you will receive a letter from IHP informing you of the decision on your request for help. . .
    — FEMA instructions to victims needing assistance (who may be sitting on the roof of their house that is under 10 feet of water!)
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