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Today in History: Nixon Resigns

In an evening televised address, President Richard M. Nixon announced his intention to become the first president in American history to resign in 1974. With impeachment proceedings underway against him for his involvement in the Watergate affair, Nixon was finally bowing to pressure from the public and Congress to leave the White House. ...

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Today in History: Courthouse Shootout Occurred

The Marin County Courthouse incident was an event which occurred on August 7th, 1970. African American radical, Jonathan Jackson attempted to negotiate the freedom of the Soledad Brothers, by kidnapping Superior Court Judge Harold Haley from the Marin County Civic Center in San Rafael, California. ...

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Today in History: First Draft of Constitution Debated

In Philadelphia, delegates to the Constitutional Convention began debating the first complete draft of the proposed Constitution of the United States. The Articles of Confederation, ratified several months before the British surrender at Yorktown in 1781, provided for a loose confederation of U.S. states, which were sovereign in most of their affairs. ...

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Today in History: August 1st Marks the Anniversary of the Proclamation of Emancipation in 1838

On this day in 1991, slavery was officially abolished, as a result of the unyielding resistance of the enslaved Africans and the Parliamentary and religious support, they received from British liberals. This day is recognized by all Caribbean States and officially observed as a public holiday in Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Antigua and Barbuda. Today, Dominica recognized the proclamation of emancipation ...

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Today in History: US Passes Alien Registration Act

The Alien Registration Act (also known as the Smith Act) was passed by Congress on 29th June, 1940. This act made it illegal for anyone in the United States to advocate, abet, or teach the desirability of overthrowing the government. The law also required all alien residents in the United States over 14 years of age to file a comprehensive statement of their personal and occupational status and a record of ...

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