Thursday, June 12, 2008

On This Day in History

Looking back at years past, a number of interesting and important events have occurred on this day in history.

In 1776, the Virginia Convention of Delegates adopted a formal Declaration of Rights affirming the inherent natural rights of men, including the right to "reform, alter, or abolish" any government "found inadequate" to sustaining the "common benefit, protection, and security" of its citizens. This document was the predecessor to the United States Declaration of Independent and the Bill of Rights.

In 1939, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum was dedicated in Cooperstown, New York, with a speech by baseball legend Babe Ruth.

In 1967, the Supreme Court struck down state laws that prohibited interracial marriages, deeming such laws to be illegal under the Fourteenth Amendment and to be "odious to a free people whose institutions are founded upon the doctrine of equality."

Oh, and in 1987, some guy made some speech or something.

(For a real touch of history, go back and read or watch the entire speech.)

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