Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Civil Rights

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1960 -- The U.S. Senate approves the Civil Rights Act of 1960 despite the filibuster from southern senators
The Civil Rights Act 1960 was critical because it was an act backed by a clear message from the president amid a series of legislation that addressed the complexities of equal protection under the law. 
1957 -- The Suez Canal in Egypt is reopened
1946 -- The last meeting of the League of Nations (precursor to the UN)
1942 -- WWII: The Japanese take Bataan in the Philippines
1935 -- The Works Progress Administration is formed (from Emergency Relief Appropriation Act)
1918 -- Charlie Chaplin sells war bonds on the streets of NYC's financial district
1913 -- The 17th Amendment to the Constitution becomes law (direct election of senators)
1513 -- Explorer Juan Ponce de Leon declares (what is now) Florida a territory of Spain

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