Today in 1861: Habeas corpus is suspended for the first time

Apr 27, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

On April 27, 1861, President Abraham Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus, allowing the military to detain Confederate sympathizers indefinitely.

Today in 1870: The Fifteenth Amendment is ratified

Feb 3, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

On February 3, 1870, the Fifteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, thereby making it unconstitutional to stop a voter based on his race or color.

Cinco de Mayo: An American celebration for a Mexican victory

May 5, 2011 By: Jeremy Byellin

Cinco de Mayo, commemorating Mexico’s victory over the invading French, has more significance to the U.S. than to Mexico, and in many ways.