Today in 1935: Social Security is created

Aug 14, 2015 By: Jeremy Byellin

On August 14, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law, creating Social Security.

Today in 1932: The Supreme Court first recognizes the entrapment defense

Dec 19, 2014 By: Jeremy Byellin

On December 19, 1932, the Supreme Court decided Sorrells v. United States, first recognizing the entrapment criminal defense.

Today in 1938: The Fair Labor Standards Act takes effect

Oct 24, 2014 By: Jeremy Byellin

Seventy-six years ago today, the Fair Labor Standards Act took effect, bringing such labor reforms as the minimum wage, the 40-hour workweek, and overtime pay.

Today in 1938: The Supreme Court creates the Erie doctrine

Apr 25, 2014 By: Jeremy Byellin

On April 25, 1938, the Supreme Court decided Erie Railroad Co v. Tompkins, holding that courts have no power to create federal common law.

Today in 1937: SCOTUS upholds poll taxes

Dec 6, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

On December 6, 1937, the Supreme Court decided Breedlove v. Suttles, holding that the state’s use of a poll tax didn’t violate the Constitution.

Today in Legal History: Presidents Lincoln, Roosevelt, Kennedy, others, are elected

Nov 8, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

On November 8, several presidents, including Abraham Lincoln, Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt, and John F. Kennedy, won the presidential election.

Today in 1935: The Revenue Act “soaks the rich” with higher income tax rates

Aug 30, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

Seventy eight years ago today, the Revenue Act of 1935 was enacted, increasing the tax burden on incomes over $50,000 (about $850,000 in today’s dollars)

Today in 1935: The Banking Act creates the modern day Federal Reserve System

Aug 23, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

Since the financial crisis in 2008, almost 500 banks have failed – including Washington Mutual on September 26, 2008, which was the

Today in 1939: The Hatch Act is signed into law

Aug 2, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

On August 2, 1939, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Hatch Act into law, enacting some of the most sweeping political restrictions on executive branch employees in existence.

Today in 1936: Supreme Court begins to adopt expansive view of Commerce Clause powers

Apr 12, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

On April 12, 1936, the Supreme Court ruled in NLRB v. Jones & Laughlin Steel Corporation, embarking on a nearly sixty year road of a broad interpretation of Commerce Clause powers.

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