On this day in 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt issued his most-controversial executive order, an act that sent more than 100,000 people to government-controlled facilities because of their ethnicity.
On this day in 1861, former U.S. Senator Jefferson Davis took to a podium for his presidential inauguration and gave an impassioned speech about the Constitution. Three weeks later, Abraham Lincoln did likewise, to much different results.
On Friday, the Supreme Court finally set an argument date for a major religious liberty case that’s been in limbo since Antonin Scalia’s passing. That could lead some court watchers to speculate the Court expects – or doesn’t expect – Neil Gorsuch on the bench by April 19.
A newspaper reporter stuns a presidential administration by printing leaked confidential documents of national importance. The reporter is taken into custody and he refuses to reveal his government source. That was the big story in Washington in 1848.
It was on this day in 1801 that the House finally decided a tied presidential election because of a constitutional flaw: the deadlocked race between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr.