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On February fifth, 1937,
President Roosevelt proposed increasing
the number of Supreme Court justices; critics
charged Roosevelt was attempting to
"pack" the court.
On this date:
In 1783, Sweden recognized the independence of
the United States.
In 1881, Phoenix,
Arizona, was incorporated.
In 1887, Verdi's
opera "Otello" premiered at La Scala.
In 1917, Congress
passed, over President Wilson's veto, an
immigration act severely curtailing the influx of
In 1917, Mexico's
constitution was adopted.
In 1940, Glenn
Miller and his orchestra recorded "Tuxedo
Junction" for RCA Victor's
In 1958, Gamel
Abdel Nasser was formally nominated to become the
first president of the new United Arab Republic.
In 1962, French
President Charles De Gaulle called for Algeria's
In 1988, the
Arizona House impeached Governor Evan Mecham,
setting the stage for his trial and conviction in
the state Senate.
In 1994, white
separatist Byron De La Beckwith was convicted in
Jackson, Mississippi, of murdering civil rights
leader Medgar Evers in 1963, and was immediately
sentenced to life in prison.
Ten years ago:
Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev told the
Communist Party it had to give up its
unchallenged right to rule in favor of earning
that right, instead of taking it for granted.
Five years ago:
The White House and congressional Republicans
drew battle lines over President Clinton's $1.61
trillion budget, with Republicans accusing
Clinton of "taking a walk" and the
administration saying Clinton was cutting the
deficit more than any president in history.
One year ago:
Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson was
sentenced in Maryland to a year in jail for
assaulting two motorists following a traffic
accident (he ended up serving three and a-half
"Politics in America
is the binding secular religion."
Theodore H. White, American political writer