Though a majority of senators expressed unease with Trump’s pressure campaign on Ukraine, which led to the two articles of impeachment, on February 5, 2020, the Senate voted to acquit President Donald Trump, bringing to a close the third presidential trial in American history. Only one Republican, Utah’s Mitt Romney, voted against his party and for conviction.
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King George III of Britain became mentally ill in 1811, and as a result, his son, the Prince of Wales, was named Prince Regent.
To restrict Asian immigration, the United States Congress passed a law in 1917 that was vetoed by President Woodrow Wilson.
In 1918, more than 200 people were killed when a German U-boat torpedoed the Cunard liner SS Tuscania in the Irish Sea. The ship was carrying around 2,000 American troops to Europe.
The very first issue of Reader’s Digest came out in 1922.
The proposal to increase the number of U.S. Supreme Court justices made by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1937 was rejected by Congress, and the president was accused of trying to “pack” the court.
Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell made the first of two moonwalks in 1971 aboard the Apollo 14 spacecraft.
Military honours for U.S. Army Col. William B. Nolde, the last American combat casualty before the Vietnam ceasefire, were held at Arlington National Cemetery in 1973.
Klaus Barbie, a former member of the Nazi Gestapo, was expelled from Bolivia and extradited to France in 1983. He was tried in Lyon. (He was found guilty, given a life sentence, and passed away in 1991.)
The Family and Medical Leave Act was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1993, and it allows workers to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year to deal with family medical issues.
Byron De La Beckwith, a white separatist, was found guilty of the 1963 murder of civil rights leader Medgar Evers and given a mandatory life sentence by a Jackson, Mississippi, court in 1994. (Beckwith passed away at the age of eighty on January 21, 2001.)
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, a guru to the Beatles who introduced transcendental meditation to the West, passed away in 2008 at the age of about 90 at his home in the Dutch town of Vlodrop.
CVS Caremark announced in 2014 that it would stop selling tobacco products.
In an effort to postpone the implementation of even deeper automatic cuts that were set to go into effect on March 1, 2009, President Barack Obama asked Congress for a short-term deficit reduction package consisting of spending cuts and tax revenue. (Since the president and congressional leaders were unable to come to an agreement, the $85 billion in federal spending cuts known as sequester were implemented.)
More than 1,100 points were wiped off the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the stock market suffered its worst loss in over six and a half years five years ago. On February 3, 2018, Jerome Powell became the 16th chairman of the Federal Reserve. Larry Nassar, a former sports doctor, was sentenced to 40-125 years in prison for sexually abusing young gymnasts at a top facility in Michigan. President Trump called Democrats “un-American” and possibly “treasonous” last week for their lack of applause during his State of the Union address a week prior.
The future of the British Monarchy was decisively shaped a year ago, on the eve of the celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s 70th anniversary on the throne, when the monarch announced her approval for the Duchess of Cornwall to be formally referred to as Queen Camilla. Rayan, a young boy of five, was killed after being stuck in a well in Morocco for four days. The rescue operation, which took a long time and attracted international attention, eventually resulted in his being retrieved from the well.
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