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March 03, 2005

March the Third

This day in history:

1791 - 1st Internal Revenue Act (taxing distilled spirits & carriages)

This should be a day of mourning, shouldn't it.


1812 - US Congress passes 1st foreign aid bill (aids Venezuela earthquake victims)

There were able to find many more unconstitutional ways to spend taxpayers' money since then.


1837 - Congress increases Supreme Court membership from 7 to 9

This is a great boon for whoever the sitting president is, since he'd be able to appoint the two new justices.


1843 - Congress appropriates $30,000 "to test the practicability of establishing a system of electro-magnetic telegraphs" by the US

Cutting down the trees to make room for the information super-highway.


1845 - Florida becomes 27th state

I could comment, but there are a lot of good people in Florida that are getting tired of being noticed because of the stupid people there.


1855 - Congress approves $30,000 to test camels for military use

Hey! I saw that movie.


1863 - 1st US wartime military conscription bill enacted

I was surprised to find that that was the first time. The draft and income tax implemented solely to bolster the Civil War. Or at least the War was the excuse.


1887 - Anne Sullivan begins teaching 6 year old blind-deaf Helen Keller

Saw that movie, too.


1931 - "Star Spangled Banner" officially becomes US national anthem

If I understand right it just barely beat out Queen's “We are the Champions” I believe.


1934 - John Dillinger breaks out of jail using a wooden pistol

That sounds like a story worth hearing.


1991 - Los Angeles Police severely beat Rodney King, captured on amateur video

Stone drunk, driving 80 through a residential neighborhood where children were playing...they were too easy on him.


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Posted by Jack Lewis at March 3, 2005 09:19 AM

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