Today in 1966: SCOTUS strikes down poll taxes

Mar 24, 2016 By: Jeremy Byellin

Fifty years ago today, the Supreme Court ruled in Harper v. Virginia Board of Elections that poll taxes are unconstitutional.

Today in 1969: California passes the first no-fault divorce law in the U.S.

Sep 4, 2015 By: Jeremy Byellin

On September 4, 1969, California Governor Ronald Reagan signed the Family Law Act of 1969 into law, abolishing the fault grounds for divorce and replacing it with no-fault.

Today in 1961: SCOTUS bars compulsory professions of a belief in God for public officeholders

Jun 19, 2015 By: Jeremy Byellin

On June 19, 1961, the Supreme Court ruled in Torcaso v. Watkins that states may not compel those seeking public office to profess a belief in the existence of God.

Today in 1967: Loving v. Virginia is decided

Jun 12, 2015 By: Jeremy Byellin

On June 12, 1967, the Supreme Court ruled in Loving v. Virginia that laws banning interracial marriages were unconstitutional.

Today in 1960: To Kill a Mockingbird is first published

Jul 11, 2014 By: Jeremy Byellin

The novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” was first published on July 11, 1960, introducing the character “Atticus Finch” to the world.

Today in 1966: The Supreme Court creates the Miranda warning

Jun 13, 2014 By: Jeremy Byellin

“You have the right to remain silent.”
On this day 1966 The Supreme Court ruled on Miranda v. Arizona

Today in 1968: The Fair Housing Act is signed into law

Apr 11, 2014 By: Jeremy Byellin

On April 11, 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the 1968 Civil Rights Act into law, part of which was the Fair Housing Act.

Today in 1962: The embargo against Cuba takes effect

Feb 7, 2014 By: Jeremy Byellin

On February 7, 1962, the U.S. embargo against Cuba took effect, restricting nearly all trade with the island nation.

Today in 1963: President John F. Kennedy is assassinated

Nov 22, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, prematurely ending the life of one of the U.S.’s most popular presidents.

Today in 1965: The Supreme Court strikes down “Communist organization” individual registration requirement

Nov 15, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

A few years ago, we covered the passage of the McCarron Internal Security Act, enacted on September 23, 1950. Passed during the

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