Today in 1981: Sandra Day O’Connor becomes the first female Supreme Court Justice

Sep 21, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

On September 21, 1981, Sandra Day O’Connor was confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate, and became the first female Supreme Court Justice in history.

Today in 1989: Pennsylvania’s Abortion Control Act becomes law

Nov 18, 2011 By: Jeremy Byellin

22 years ago today, Pennsylvania enacted the Abortion Control Act, the subject of the Supreme Court’s 1992 decision Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

From John Jay to Clarence Thomas: A selective Supreme Court history

Jan 7, 2011 By: Legal Solutions

These 15 Today in Legal History posts from 2010 highlight some of the Supreme Court’s most momentous milestones (and a few merely memorable moments).

Today in 1986: William Rehnquist confirmed as chief justice

Sep 17, 2010 By: Legal Solutions

Rehnquist’s ascendancy may have been opposed by many senators, but it was welcome news to his fellow justices, including those on the opposite end of the ideological spectrum.

Today in 1981: Reagan picks Sandra Day O’Connor for Supreme Court

Jul 7, 2010 By: Legal Solutions

Reagan appreciated O’Connor’s moderate stance on divisive topics, and he seemed confident that her nomination would prevail over any objections raised by the conservative right.