Today in 1979: The Department of Education is created

Oct 17, 2014 By: Jeremy Byellin

The Department of Education was created by the Department of Education Organization Act, which was signed into law by President Jimmy Carter on October 17, 1979,

Today in 2008: Connecticut becomes the third state to recognize same-sex marriage

Oct 10, 2014 By: Jeremy Byellin

On October 10, 2008, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled 4-3 to strike down the state’s same-sex marriage ban — becoming only the nation’s 3rd state to do so.

Today in 1913: The Revenue Act of 1913 establishes the modern-day federal income tax system

Oct 3, 2014 By: Jeremy Byellin

Signed into law on October 3, 1913, the Revenue Act of 1913 laid the foundation for the federal income tax system that we know and love today.

Today in 1914: The Federal Trade Commission is created

Sep 26, 2014 By: Jeremy Byellin

100 years ago today, the Federal Trade Commission Act is signed into law, creating the act’s titular federal regulatory agency.

Today in 2005: State Department gives immunity to Pope Benedict in sex abuse lawsuit

Sep 19, 2014 By: Jeremy Byellin

On September 19, 2005, the U.S. State Department submitted a “suggestion of immunity” for Pope Benedict in a sexual abuse lawsuit against the Catholic Church

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 1774: The First Continental Congress is held

Sep 5, 2014 By: Jeremy Byellin

On September 5, 1774, the First Continental Congress was convened in Carpenter’s Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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 1971: President Nixon eliminates the gold standard

Aug 15, 2014 By: Jeremy Byellin

In April of last year, Arizona became the second U.S. state after Utah to make gold and silver legal currency in the

Today in 2009: Sonia Sotomayor is sworn in as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court

Aug 8, 2014 By: Jeremy Byellin

Five years ago today, Sonia Sotomayor was sworn in as the first Hispanic justice of the Supreme Court.