TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

TO­DAY’S HIGH­LIGHT

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS -

April 16, 1963

Martin Luther King Jr. wrote his “Let­ter from Birm­ing­ham Jail” in which the civil rights ac­tivist re­sponded to a group of local cler­gy­men who had crit­i­cized him for lead­ing street protests; King de­fended his tac­tics, writ­ing, “In­jus­tice any­where is a threat to jus­tice ev­ery­where.”

ALSO ON THIS DATE 1789

Pres­i­dent-elect Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton left Mount Ver­non, Vir­ginia, for his in­au­gu­ra­tion in New York.

1818

The U.S. Se­nate rat­i­fied the Rush-Bagot Treaty se­verely lim­it­ing the num­ber of Amer­i­can and Bri­tish mil­i­tary ves­sels on the Great Lakes.

1862

Dur­ing the Civil War, Pres­i­dent Abra­ham Lin­coln signed a bill end­ing slav­ery in the District of Columbia. The Con­fed­er­acy con­scripted all white men between the ages of 18 to 35.

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