Monthly Archives: July 2017

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On July 31, 1790, the first patent was issued to Samuel Hopkins. You can learn about patents and trademarks, and search for any patent issued, at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) website– http://1.usa.gov/1ItzqCi.

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On July 30, 1965, President Johnson signed Medicare into law–a health insurance program for individuals 65 and up.  You can read the President’s entire speech and his explanation of the law at  https://goo.gl/DgXHhR. The President remarked– “No longer will older … Continue reading

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On July 29, 1986, the Senate Judiciary Committee began hearings on President Reagan’s nomination of William Hubbs Rehnquist for Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. You can read the transcript from the hearings at https://goo.gl/GMPXUs. The Senators discussed … Continue reading

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On July 28, 1965, President Lyndon Baines Johnson nominated Abe Fortas to serve on the United States Supreme Court. He was known as a brilliant jurist. In 1963 he successfully represented Clarence Earl Gideon before the Supreme Court in Gideon v. … Continue reading

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On July 27, 1965, Congress passed the “Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act.” The Act provides that all cigarette containers must have a conspicuous warning—“Caution: Cigarette Smoking May Be Hazardous to Your Health.” You can read the law at http://1.usa.gov/1et8g6D.

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On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This historic civil rights legislation prohibits discrimination against those with disabilities. Watch the signing ceremony at https://goo.gl/5ZnXNf, and learn more about the Act at http://bit.ly/1eowfUy.

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On July 25, 1965, former Associate Justice Arthur J. Goldberg retired from the United States Supreme Court. Read a fascinating profile of the justice at https://goo.gl/fXXBpV.

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On July 24, 1974, the Supreme Court decided United States v. Nixon. President Nixon was ordered to produce the audio recordings that were relevant in the Watergate case. The Court (unanimously) rejected the President’s argument that the tapes were protected … Continue reading

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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 July 18, 1947, President Truman signed into law the Presidential Succession Act.   The Act states if the president and vice president are unable to serve, then the presidency passes to the Speaker of the House, and then to … Continue reading

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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 15, 2009, the Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearings on the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court continued at the Hart Senate Office Building. You can find the transcript of testimony taken on that day starting … 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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