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On September 19, 1907, Lewis F. Powell Jr. was born.  From 1972-1987 he served on the United States Supreme Court. Learn more about Justice Powell at http://goo.gl/6cnsSi.

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On September 15, 1857, the 10th Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court and the 27th President was born. Learn more @ goo.gl/GNZmBO and goo.gl/MCIz1y.

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On September 14, 1921, Constance Baker Motley was born in New Haven, Connecticut.  In 1966, when President Johnson appointed her to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, she became the first African-American woman to … Continue reading

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On September 13, 1948, Margaret Chase Smith was elected to the United States Senate (after serving four terms in the House of Representatives). She became the first woman elected to both houses of Congress. All told, she was a member … Continue reading

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Today is Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance. We honor those who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Learn more about 9/11 at https://goo.gl/h4Pz0c.

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President Madison nominated Joseph Story to the United States Supreme Court.  He served on the Court for over 33 years until his death on September 10, 1845.  He’s probably best remembered today for his opinion in the Amistad case.  The … Continue reading

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On September 9, President Eisenhower signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1957. The Act established a Commission to investigate whether persons were being denied their voting or equal protection rights under the law because of their race, color, … Continue reading

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On September 8, 1974, President Ford pardoned former President Nixon for any crimes he may have committed while in office. Ford cited his authority to do so pursuant to Article II, Section 2 of the United States Constitution. He explained … Continue reading

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On September 7, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (the “FECA”). The law was enacted to provide compensation for federal employees injured on the job. Learn more at https://goo.gl/meX6ZC.

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President George W. Bush nominated John G. Roberts, Jr., initially, to fill retiring Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s seat on the United States Supreme Court. However, after Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist passed away, on September 5, 2005, President Bush … Continue reading

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From 1891-1906 Associate Justice Henry Billings Brown served on the United States Supreme Court. On September 4, 1913, he passed away. Learn more about this justice at http://goo.gl/A8NfM7.

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On September 3, ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­2005, former Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist passed away. Learn more about this influential justice at http://goo.gl/2EMHsU.

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On September 2, President Ford signed into law the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, otherwise known as “ERISA”.  Learn how this law protects an employee’s retirement assets at https://goo.gl/RmB5uJ.

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On September 1, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the Keating-Owen Child Labor Act. The Act placed restrictions on child labor. You can view the original Act with the President’s signature at https://research.archives.gov/id/5730381.

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John Blair, Jr. was a signer of the U.S. Constitution and a former Supreme Court justice. In 1789 George Washington appointed him to the court, and he served as a justice until 1796. On August 31, 1800, he passed away. … Continue reading

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On August 27, 1948, Charles Evans Hughes passed away. From 1910-1916 he was an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court, and from 1930-1941 he was the Chief Justice. He was the 39th Governor of New York (1907-1910), and … Continue reading

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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 19, 1981, President Reagan sent a letter to the U.S. Senate nominating  Sandra Day O’Connor to the United States Supreme Court. Take a look at his letter at https://goo.gl/nA6Bxz. The Senate unanimously confirmed her appointment in a 99-0 vote … Continue reading

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On August 17, 1998, President Clinton testified before a grand jury that was investigating whether he perjured himself when he described his relationship with a White House intern, Monica Lewinsky. You can listen to the President’s grand jury testimony at … Continue reading

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On August 14, 1935, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed into law the Social Security Act.  Read the law at http://1.usa.gov/1HLn9Z3. To learn more watch the Social Security Administration’s video that delves into the history and benefits of the program at http://1.usa.gov/1JX7SKO.

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