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On August 24, 1981, Mark David Chapman was sentenced to a minimum of 20 years to life in prison for the December 8, 1980, murder of John Lennon. He’s been up for parole several times, but his applications have been … Continue reading

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On August 3, 1994, Justice Harry Blackmun retired from the Supreme Court after 24 years. He’s probably best known for writing the majority opinion in Roe v. Wade. On the same day, Stephen Breyer (nominated by President Clinton) was sworn … Continue reading

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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 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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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 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 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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