Precedents

154 ABA Journal Precedents articles.

Feb. 26, 1993: The World Trade Center is bombed
Long before they became a symbol of national grief and anger, the twin towers of the World Trade Center in south Manhattan were tourist landmarks in New York City's skyline—the…
Jan. 17, 1893: Hawaii’s monarchy ends
Dec. 31, 1970: McCartney files to dissolve the Beatles
In August 1967, rock promoter Brian Epstein was found in his London apartment dead from an accidental drug overdose. Only 32, Epstein was widely regarded as the man who discovered…
Nov. 5, 1831: Nat Turner tried for slave rebellion
In 1831, southeastern Virginia was weighted with the economic realities of a slave economy. Crop prices were down. The populations of slaves and free blacks were growing faster than the…
Oct. 29, 1692: Special witch trials dissolved
In May 1692, only nine days after arriving in Boston, the newly appointed governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, William Phips, commissioned a court of oyer and terminer to adjudicate…
Sept. 10, 1846: The Sewing Machine Patent War
August 5, 1981: Reagan fires air traffic controllers
July 28, 1932: U.S. Army disperses bonus marchers
June 3, 1918: Child labor law declared unconstitutional
In 1908, photographer Lewis Hine was hired by the National Child Labor Committee to bring images of working children into the public square. The 1900 census had revealed that an…
May 8, 1980: Smallpox eradicated
For nearly 3,000 years, variola major—a disease known as smallpox—plagued the planet. From Europe to Africa and Asia, the disease killed as many as 30 percent of those infected. There…
April 11, 1961: Adolf Eichmann on trial
March 9, 1953: A state secrets doctrine is born
Feb. 20, 1967: Muhammad Ali’s appeal rejected by draft board
Jan. 2, 1920: Palmer raids target immigrants
Dec. 2, 2001: Enron files for bankruptcy

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