Today in 1974: President Nixon signs national speed limit legislation into law

Jan 2, 2015 By: Jeremy Byellin

The National Speed Limit Law was signed into law by President Richard Nixon 41 years ago today

Today in 1932: The Supreme Court first recognizes the entrapment defense

Dec 19, 2014 By: Jeremy Byellin

On December 19, 1932, the Supreme Court decided Sorrells v. United States, first recognizing the entrapment criminal defense.

Today in 2000: Bush v. Gore is decided

Dec 12, 2014 By: Jeremy Byellin

On December 12, 2000, the Supreme Court decided Bush v. Gore, effectively deciding the 2000 presidential election in George W. Bush’s favor

Today in 1933: The 21st Amendment is ratified, ending Prohibition

Dec 5, 2014 By: Jeremy Byellin

On December 5, 1933, after Utah voted in support of it, the Twenty-first Amendment was ratified, repealing the Eighteenth Amendment and ending the era of Prohibition.

Today in 1975: Justice John Paul Stevens is nominated to the Supreme Court

Nov 28, 2014 By: Jeremy Byellin

On November 28, 1975, President Gerald Ford nominated John Paul Stevens to fill Justice William O. Douglas’ vacancy on the Supreme Court.

Today in 1974: Congress enacts amendments to the Freedom of Information Act over President Ford’s veto

Nov 21, 2014 By: Jeremy Byellin

On November 21, 1974, Congress overrode President Ford’s veto of a series of amendments to significantly strengthen the Freedom of Information Act

Today in 1995: The Federal Government enters its most severe shutdown to date

Nov 14, 2014 By: Jeremy Byellin

On November 14, 1995, the federal government entered its longest and most severe shutdown then to date, with the dispute being caused by budgetary issues.

Today in 1973: The War Powers Resolution is enacted over President Nixon’s veto

Nov 7, 2014 By: Jeremy Byellin

On November 7, 1973, the U.S. Senate overrode President Nixon’s veto of the War Powers Resolution, which reined in presidential powers of military use.

Today in 1978: The Pregnancy Discrimination Act is signed into law

Oct 31, 2014 By: Jeremy Byellin

On October 31, 1978, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act was signed into law, prohibiting employers from taking adverse employment action because of pregnancy.

Today in 1938: The Fair Labor Standards Act takes effect

Oct 24, 2014 By: Jeremy Byellin

Seventy-six years ago today, the Fair Labor Standards Act took effect, bringing such labor reforms as the minimum wage, the 40-hour workweek, and overtime pay.