Federalism Repealed, Truman Threatens Seizure, Obama's Fresh START

On this day: April 8
The 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, requiring popular election of Senators instead of by state Legislatures, becomes law (1913)

President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in an attempt to check inflation, freezes wages and prices, prohibits workers from changing jobs unless the war effort would be aided thereby, and bars rate increases to common carriers and public utilities (1943)

President Harry S Truman calls for the seizure of all domestic steel mills to prevent a nationwide strike (1952)

President B. Hussein Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev sign the Left's so-called Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), a "major" nuclear arms control agreement that cuts U.S. advantage (2010)

b: John Hicks (1904), David Wu (1955); d: Heinrich von Stephan (1897), Francis II Rákóczi (1735), Léon Jouhaux (1954)

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