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On July 23, 1936, Justice Anthony Kennedy was born in Sacramento, California. In November 1987 President Reagan nominated him to the United States Supreme Court. On February 3, 1988, the Senate confirmed his nomination in a vote of 97 yeas … Continue reading

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Jane Bolin was the first African-American woman to graduate from Yale Law School. On July 22, 1939, she also became the first African-American female judge in the United States. She was sworn in by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia of New York. New … Continue reading

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On July 21, 1925, John T. Scopes was found guilty of violating the Butler Act by teaching evolution. He was fined $100. Learn more about this interesting case at http://goo.gl/9EKcRe.

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On July 20, 1990, former Associate Justice William J. Brennan retired from the Supreme Court after serving as a justice for over 33 years. On July 24, 1997, he passed away, but his legacy lives on through the 1,573 opinions … Continue reading

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On July 19, 1848, the women’s rights movement in the United States was born. The Seneca Falls Convention began in New York State. Learn more at http://1.usa.gov/1mDpETI.

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On June 17, 1963, the United States Supreme Court decided School District of Abington Township, Pennsylvania v. Schempp. That case dealt with prayer in the public schools.  Under Pennsylvania law, at the beginning of each public school day, at least … Continue reading

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On July 14, 1917, suffragist Amelia Himes Walker was arrested for picketing outside the White House, and imprisoned for 60 days. Three years later on August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment was finally ratified. The Amendment guarantees women the right … Continue reading

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On July 13, 2009, the Senate Judiciary Committee began its confirmation hearings on President Obama’s nominee, Sonia Sotomayor, for Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. You can read the minutes from the entire proceedings at  http://1.usa.gov/1Sj63rQ. On August … Continue reading

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On July 12, 1804, Alexander Hamilton passed away as a result of an injury he sustained during a duel with former Vice President Aaron Burr. Hamilton was quite accomplished. He was a delegate at the Constitutional Convention, a military leader, … Continue reading

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On July 11, 1921, William Howard Taft was sworn in as the 10th Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. He’s been the only President to serve on the Supreme Court. To learn more visit http://bit.ly/1RqDOfK and http://bit.ly/1LYxMhB.

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On July 10, 1925, criminal proceedings began in the case of the State of Tennessee vs John Thomas Scopes. John Scopes was indicted for teaching the prohibited subject of evolution at a Dayton, Tennessee, public school. A jury found him guilty … Continue reading

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On July 9, 1868, the 14th Amendment to our Constitution was ratified.  You can gain a better understanding of the Amendment by reading–  10 Huge Supreme Court Cases About the 14th Amendment at http://goo.gl/sVloVJ. On July 9, 1974, Chief Justice Earl … Continue reading

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On July 8, 1974, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of United States v. Nixon. The lawsuit arose after a subpoena was issued in the Watergate break-in case, demanding that President Nixon produce his secretly recorded … Continue reading

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On July 7, 1981, President Reagan announced his intent to nominate Sandra Day O’Connor to the United States Supreme Court. Take a look at the President’s remarks at http://bit.ly/1Cou0fD, and the New York Times article that reported on the announcement at http://nyti.ms/1fyBoFz. On … Continue reading

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In 1801 President John Adams nominated John Marshall as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, and the Senate confirmed his appointment. He served on the Court until his death on July 6, 1835. He’s credited for establishing the … Continue reading

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On July 6, 1835, former Chief Justice John Marshall passed away.  He served on the United States Supreme Court for 34 years.  Learn about this distinguished jurist at http://goo.gl/AvJXyo.

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Happy July 4th!

On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. You can read the document and learn more at http://1.usa.gov/1mTjvUb.

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On July 3, 1981, Associate Justice Potter Stewart retired from the United States Supreme Court.  Learn more about this eminent justice at http://goo.gl/H6YOvB.

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On July 2, 1908, Thurgood Marshall was born. He was the first African-American to serve on the United States Supreme Court. He left a monumental imprint on the nation’s civil rights history. To learn about this highly regarded jurist, go … Continue reading

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On July 1, 1991, President Bush nominated Clarence Thomas to the United States Supreme Court. You can watch the President announce his nomination at http://goo.gl/6pd9XN. At the time, Justice Thomas was on the United States Court of Appeals for the District … Continue reading

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