Today in 1952: SCOTUS invalidates President Truman’s seizure of steel mills

Jun 2, 2016 By: Jeremy Byellin

On June 2, 1952, the Supreme Court held in Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer that President Truman’s seizure of the nation’s steel mills exceed his constitutional authority.

Today in 1957: Strom Thurmond begins his record-breaking filibuster

Aug 28, 2015 By: Jeremy Byellin

On August 28, 1957, at 8:54 p.m., Senator Thurmond began his record-breaking filibuster against the Civil Rights Act of 1957, which lasted for 24 hours and 18 minutes.

Today in 1958: The Supreme Court rules that Arkansas must follow Brown v. Board of Education

Sep 12, 2014 By: Jeremy Byellin

On September 12, 1958, the Supreme Court ruled in Cooper v. Aaron, holding that Little Rock schools must be desegregated and that the states are bound by Supreme Court rulings.

Today in 1957: Strom Thurmond ends his record-breaking 24 hour filibuster

Aug 29, 2014 By: Jeremy Byellin

On August 29, 1957, Strom Thurmond ended his filibuster against the 1957 Civil Rights Act after 24 hours and 18 minutes — the longest filibuster to date.

Today in 1958: Law Day is established

May 1, 2014 By: Jeremy Byellin

Law Day is celebrating its 56th birthday today. Here’s a little bit about the history of the holiday.

Today in 1954: The Supreme Court decides Brown v. Board of Education

May 17, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously decided Brown v. Board of Education, holding that separate facilities are inherently unequal.

Today in 1954: The Supreme Court rules that “race” doesn’t only mean “black” and “white”

May 3, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

On May 3, 1954, the Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution’s use of “race” doesn’t apply to only “black” and “white” for equal protection purposes.

Today in 1953: The Supreme Court recognizes the State Secrets Doctrine

Mar 9, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

In ruling on U.S. v. Reynolds in 1953, the Supreme Court recognized the State Secrets Doctrine, which allows the government to exclude from evidence documents related to national security

Today in 1953: The first Veterans Day is celebrated

Nov 11, 2011 By: Jeremy Byellin

On November 11, 1953, Veterans Day was first celebrated in Emporia, Kansas. Previously the holiday was known as “Armistice Day.”

Today in 1950: The McCarran Internal Security Act is passed

Sep 23, 2011 By: Jeremy Byellin

On September 23, 1950, the McCarran Internal Security Act was passed over President Truman’s veto, and it was one of the broadest expansions of federal power in U.S. history.

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