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Civil Rights Act of 1875

This Week in History – Civil Rights Act of 1875


Featured Photo: Civil Rights Act of 1875 Declared Unconstitutional. In 1883, The United States Supreme Court ruled that the Civil Rights act of 1875, forbidding discrimination in hotels, trains, and other public spaces, was unconstitutional and not authorized by the 13th or 14th Amendments of the Constitution. (Source: PBS)

West Palm Beach criminal defense attorney Kelly V. Landers recalls events of significance that occurred this week in history.

On February 28, 1993, U.S. Federal Agents attempted to raid the Waco, Texas compound of the Branch Davidian Church, leading to a 51-day standoff.

On February 29, 1504, stranded in Jamaica, Christopher Columbus used a correctly-predicted lunar eclipse to scare natives into providing food.

On March 1, 1875, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act.

On March 1, 2005, Roper v. Simmons, the death penalty was ruled unconstitutional for juveniles.

On March 3, 1791, the Whiskey Tax was passed, the first federal tax act.

On March 3, 1991, amateur video captured Los Angeles police officers beating motorist Rodney King.

On March 4, Happy Constitution Day!  Constitution adopted in 1789.

On March 5, 1770, the Boston Massacre — five dead, six wounded.

On March 5, 1946 Winston Churchill, once and future prime minister, gave his famous “Iron Curtain” speech.

Quote:  You can’t steal second, standing on first!

Have a great week!

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