In 2011, a lone gunman opened fire at a political event in Tucson, Arizona, killing six and severely wounding Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. In the aftermath of the tragedy, a federal judge ruled that the suspect charged in the Tucson shooting “was not mentally competent to stand trial.” The attack and the later legal ruling were not [...]
Posted by Gregory Marose on June 21, 2011, under - Presidents.
Tags: Gabrielle Giffords, George Washington University Hospital, Insanity Defense Reform Act, John Hinckley, Jr., President Ronald Reagan
Forty-seven years ago this past Saturday, Martin Luther King, Jr., touched a nation with his inspiring words. Just six months later in February of 1964, one small but powerful word was added to the House version of the divisive Civil Rights Act. Representative Howard Smith of Virginia sponsored an amendment to the bill—he added the word “sex” to the list of categories [...]
Posted by Rob Crotty on August 30, 2010, under - Civil Rights, - The 1960s, - Women's Rights.
Tags: american history, Brown v. Board of Education, Civil Rights Act, Jr., Martin Luther King, NARA, national archives, National archives and records administration, odd history, Pieces of History, prologue blog, Prologue magazine, random history, Representative Howard Smith, Representative Martha Griffiths, Senator Margaret Chase Smith, weird US history
March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, August 28, 1963. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at center. (542015 / 306-SSM-4C(51)15) This Saturday marks the anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I have a dream” speech. I was looking through ARC at the pictures of how many people participated, when [...]
Posted by Hilary on August 27, 2010, under - Civil Rights, - The 1960s, Facial Hair Fridays.
Tags: civil rights, Facial Hair Fridays, Jr., March on Washington, Martin Luther Kingamerican history, NARA, national archives, National archives and records administration, odd history, Pieces of History, prologue blog, Prologue magazine, random history, weird US history