New Orleans's Democratic government orders police to raid an integrated Republican Party meeting, killing 40 people and injuring 150 (1866)
Ajoint resolution of the U.S. Congress is signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, authorizing "In God We Trust" as the U.S. national motto (1956)
President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Social Security Act of 1965 into law, establishing Medicare and Medicaid (1965)
President Barack Obama holds the so-called "beer summit" at the White House with Harvard's Henry Louis Gates and the arresting officer Sgt. James Crowley of the Cambridge Police Department, in order to address the issue of Obama stating that the police department had "acted stupidly" in arresting Gates (2009)
President Barack Obama travels to the Detroit, Michigan area to promote the government bailout of GM and Chrysler (2010)
b: Georg Wilhelm von Siemens (1855), Eleanor Smeal (1939), Pat Schroeder (1940); d: Otto von Bismarck (1898), Jimmy Hoffa - disappeared (1975)
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