Today in 1940: SCOTUS rules that confessions obtained by police coercion are inadmissible

Feb 12, 2016 By: Jeremy Byellin

On February 12, 1940, the Supreme Court held in Chambers v. Florida that confessions obtained under duress by police are inadmissible in court.

Today in 1944: Korematsu v. U.S. is decided

Dec 18, 2015 By: Jeremy Byellin

On December 18, 1944, the Supreme Court ruled on Korematsu v. U.S., the now-infamous case that upheld Japanese internment during World War II.

Today in 1944: The Supreme Court strikes down “white primary” elections

Apr 3, 2015 By: Jeremy Byellin

On April 3, 1944, the Supreme Court struck down the practice of limiting party primary elections to whites in Smith v. Allwright.

Today in 1947: The National Security Act is signed into law

Jul 26, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

On July 26, 1947, the National Security Act was signed into law, creating the CIA and consolidating formerly separate military divisions to form the Department of Defense.

Today in 1948: The Supreme Court invalidates religious instruction in public schools

Mar 8, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

On March 8, 1948, the Supreme Court ruled that public schools may not institute a religious instruction curriculum on public school grounds during school hours.

Today in 1943: The Supreme Court dismisses challenge to anti-contraception laws

Feb 1, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

On February 1, 1943, the Supreme Court dismissed a physician’s challenge to Connecticut’s anti-contraception laws on the basis that, because he was suing on behalf of his patients, he lacked standing.

Today in 1942: The Supreme Court rules that divorces from one state must be recognized nationwide

Dec 21, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

On December 21, 1942, the Supreme Court ruled in Williams v. North Carolina, deciding that a duly ordered divorce from one state must be recognized in all others.

Today in 1942: SCOTUS rules that the First Amendment doesn’t protect commercial speech

Apr 13, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

On April 13, 1942, the Supreme Court ruled in Valentine v. Chrestensen that the First Amendment does not protect commercial speech because it is motivated by profit.

Today in 1942: Gasoline rationing begins

Jul 22, 2011 By: Jeremy Byellin

Because of the critical shortage of both gasoline and rubber, the Office of Price Administration began a mandatory gasoline rationing program on July 22, 1942.

Today in 1941: Congress pulls plug on FDR’s “Franksgiving”

Nov 26, 2010 By: Legal Solutions

Most Americans didn’t like Roosevelt’s rescheduling Thanksgiving for purely commercial reasons, so a new name emerged for the displaced holiday: “Franksgiving.”

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