To­day in his­tory

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In 1652, Rhode Is­land be­came the first Amer­i­can colony to pass a law abol­ish­ing African slav­ery; how­ever, the law was ap­par­ently never en­forced.

In 1896, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Plessy v. Fer­gu­son, en­dorsed “sep­a­rate but equal” racial seg­re­ga­tion, a con­cept re­nounced 58 years later by Brown v. Board of Ed­u­ca­tion of Topeka.

In 1967, Ten­nessee Gov. Bu­ford Elling­ton signed a mea­sure re­peal­ing the law against teach­ing evo­lu­tion that was used to pros­e­cute John T. Scopes in 1925.

In 1980, the Mount St. He­lens vol­cano in Wash­ing­ton state ex­ploded, leav­ing 57 peo­ple dead or miss­ing.

In 1998, the U.S. gov­ern­ment filed an an­titrust case against Mi­crosoft, say­ing the pow­er­ful soft­ware com­pany had a “choke hold” on com­peti­tors that was deny­ing con­sumers im­por­tant choices about how they bought and used com­put­ers. (The Jus­tice Depart­ment and Mi­crosoft reached a set­tle­ment in 2001.)

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