3/2 Today in history | Politics

3/2 Today in history |  Politics

On March 2, 1932, the 20th Amendment to the Constitution, which moved the date of the presidential inauguration from March 4 to January 20, was passed by Congress and sent to the states for ratification.

In 1867, Howard University, a historically black school of higher education in Washington, DC, was founded. Congress passed, despite President Andrew Johnson’s veto, the first of four reconstruction acts.

In 1917, Puerto Ricans were granted US citizenship when President Woodrow Wilson signed the Jones-Shafroth Act.

In 1943, the three-day Battle of the Bismarck Sea began in the Southwest Pacific during World War II; American and Australian fighter jets were able to inflict heavy damage on an Imperial Japanese convoy.

In 1985, the government approved an AIDS test that detected antibodies to the virus, excluding potentially contaminated blood from the blood supply.

In 1995, the site Web of Internet search engine Yahoo! was incorporated by founders Jerry Yang and David Filo.

Ten years ago: The Supreme Court ruled, 8-1, that the grief of a grieving father over mocking protests at his son Marine’s funeral must give way to First Amendment protections for free speech in a decision in favor of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas. A man armed with a handgun attacked a bus carrying US Air Force troops at Frankfurt Airport, killing two airmen …

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