Today in 1920: The Nineteenth Amendment is ratified

Aug 18, 2016 By: Jeremy Byellin

On August 18, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment achieved ratification with the approval of the amendment by the Tennessee House of Representatives

Today in 1922: SCOTUS exempts Major League Baseball from antitrust laws

May 29, 2015 By: Jeremy Byellin

On May 29, 1922, the Supreme Court decided Federal Baseball Club v. National League, which exempted Major League Baseball from federal antitrust laws.

Today in 1922: Supreme Court upholds the Nineteenth Amendment against states’ rights challenges

Feb 27, 2015 By: Jeremy Byellin

On February 27, 1922, the Supreme Court upheld the Nineteenth Amendment against states’ rights challenges in Leser v. Garnett.

Today in 1925: The “Judges’ Bill” limits the Supreme Court’s mandatory jurisdiction

Feb 13, 2015 By: Jeremy Byellin

On February 13, 1925, Congress approved the “Judges’ Bill,” which greatly reduced the types of mandatory appeals for the Supreme Court.

Today in 1927: The Supreme Court upholds compulsory sterilization for the “feeble-minded”

May 2, 2014 By: Jeremy Byellin

On May 2, 1927, the Supreme Court ruled in Buck v. Bell that forcible sterilization of those deemed “feeble-minded” was perfectly constitutional.

Today in 1925: SCOTUS first rules that the First Amendment applies to the states

Jun 8, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

On June 8, 1925, the Supreme Court ruled in Gitlow v. New York, holding that the First Amendment protections for free speech applied to state and local governments.

Today in 1925: SCOTUS begins to use substantive due process to establish fundamental rights

Jun 1, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

On June 1, 1925, the Supreme Court ruled in Pierce v. Society of Sisters, invalidating an Oregon law against private schools, and first establishing fundamental rights through substantive due process.

Today in 1920: Judge Landis named first baseball commissioner

Nov 12, 2010 By: Legal Solutions

To restore honor to America’s tarnished pastime after the Black Sox Scandal, baseball’s owners turned to a federal judge who was named after a mountain.

Today in 1924: Leopold and Loeb spared the death penalty

Sep 10, 2010 By: Legal Solutions

Two weeks earlier, legendary trial attorney Clarence Darrow spent an entire day pleading for the lives of the confessed teenage murderers while a mob called for their executions.

Today in 1920: 19th Amendment ratified, giving women right to vote

Aug 18, 2010 By: Legal Solutions

The 19th Amendment was ratified 90 years ago today, thanks in large part to a simple letter from a woman to her son, urging him to “be a good boy.”

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