Historical Political Events for September 9

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Year Event
1776 The Continental Congress changed the name of the "United Colonies" to the "United States of America".
1850 California is admitted as the 31st U.S. state.
1948 The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) is established in N. Korea.
1957 A Civil Rights Bill, signed into law this date, establishes the Civil Rights Commission and provides federal safeguards for voting rights.
1966 "National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966" (Public Law 89-563) becomes law. The act eliminates the rights of citizens and manufacturers to decide what features should be in an auto based on the concept of "safety". The Act mandates seat belts, energy absorbing steering columns and dashboards, warning flashers, and head restraints on cars sold in the U.S.
1997 Former Governor Edwin Edwards gets a taste of medicine he may have helped create. An AP wire in the Vicksburg Post, states that he has had $468,000 of his money seized by the Federal Government. He will have a tough time getting it back because the evidence that the Feds used to take his money is secret -- in accordance with the new 1996 Anti-Terrorism Law gleefully passed last year by both Republicans and Democrats.
1998 Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr tells House leaders he has found ``substantial and credible information ... that may constitute grounds for impeachment [of President Clinton].'' He delivers 36 boxes containing two copies of his report and supporting evidence.
1998 Today's Example of a Most Interesting Government Purchase (from the CBD): From the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), "EVALUATION OF ABSTINENCE-ONLY EDUCATION PROGRAMS", AMT $3,967,210.00, TO Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., P.O. Box 2393, Princeton, NJ, 08543-2393. [It is not only hard to prove a negative, it also can be very costly!]
2008 Federal Reserve lends $85 billion to AIG, which is effectively placed in conservatorship.
and . . .
Quote of
the Day
I congratulate you for having opened the doors of libraries and schools to pornographic literature. . . the Starr report contains 50 references to genitalia, while this month's Hustler only has 44.
    — Larry Flynt, in a letter to Starr offering him a job at Hustler magazine
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