May 9, 1914: President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation establishing Mother's Day. The president said an annual holiday would let Americans show "our love and reverence for the mothers of our country."
May 9, 1974: The House Judiciary Committee began impeachment hearings against President Nixon. The president would resign three months later.
Quote of the day
"Recognizing and confronting our history is important. Transcending our history is essential. We are not limited by what we have done, or what we have left undone. We are limited only by what we are willing to do." — George W. Bush
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