On this day. 1807: President Thomas Jefferson received a subpoena to testify before Congress in the treason trial of his former Vice President Aaron Burr. Jefferson would later tell lawmakers that Burr tried to split several states from the Union, create an independent nation in the center of North America and make himself its ruler. Burr was eventually acquitted.
On this day. 1967: President Lyndon Johnson nominated Solicitor General Thurgood Marshall to be the first black justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
On this day. 1971: The Pentagon Papers, a secret history of the Vietnam War, were published, infuriating President Richard Nixon. Even though the Pentagon Papers dealt with a period when Nixon wasn't president, he tried — and failed — to stop their publication, in the hopes that it would deter anyone from revealing secrets about his own administration in the future. But in a setback for Nixon, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of The New York Times and The Washington Post, which had published the documents.
Quote of the day
"If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac, the headline that afternoon would read: 'President Can't Swim.'" -Lyndon B. Johnson
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