Today in 1936: U.S. v. Butler is decided

Jan 6, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

On January 6, 1936, the Supreme Court decided U.S. v. Butler, which was the last Supreme Court ruling limiting congressional Taxing and Spending Clause power.

Thanksgiving: Originally a spiritual, now a shopping holiday?

Nov 24, 2011 By: Jeremy Byellin

Initially invoked as a day of prayer and fasting during times of national strife, today, Thanksgiving is recognized a little bit differently.

Today in 1966: Medicare takes effect

Jul 1, 2011 By: Jeremy Byellin

On July 1, 1966, Medicare, the product of the efforts of several presidential administrations, took effect with over 19 million initially enrolled.

Today in 1943: FDR freezes prices, wages, and employment

Apr 8, 2011 By: Jeremy Byellin

Today in 1943, President Roosevelt signed executive order 9328 in an effort to control wartime inflation. The order froze prices, wages, and employment.

Today in 1930: Judge Joseph Crater famously vanishes in NYC

Aug 6, 2010 By: Legal Solutions

The disappearance of the New York State Supreme Court justice was one of the most famous missing-persons cases of the 20th century; New Yorkers were so familiar with the case that “pulling a Crater” became a local slang term for vanishing without a trace.

Today in 1937: Senate rejects FDR’s bid to pack Supreme Court

Jul 22, 2010 By: Legal Solutions

If President Franklin D. Roosevelt had gotten his way, today’s presidents would be able to appoint a new justice to the Supreme Court for every justice who chose to remain on the bench after the age of 70 1/2.

Today in 1944: FDR signs “G.I. Bill of Rights”

Jun 22, 2010 By: Legal Solutions

“We must replenish our supply of persons qualified to discharge the heavy responsibilities of the postwar world. We have taught our youth