On this day in 1798: A win for President Adams, when Congress passed the Alien Act, allowing for the deportation of "dangerous aliens" from the United States.
On this day in 1868: President Andrew Johnson signed a law saying that government workers would work an eight-hour day.
On this day in 1929: President Herbert Hoover authorized the building of Boulder Dam, now known, of course, as Hoover Dam.
On this day in 1938: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Fair Labor Standards Act, establishing a minimum wage for American workers. In nominal terms, the first minimum wage, in 1938, was 25 cents an hour — equivalent to about $4.10 in 2013 dollars.
On this day in 1997: President Bill Clinton signed off on EPA regulations that sharply tightened air pollution controls in the U.S.
Quote of the day
"There is nothing wrong in America that can't be fixed with what is right in America." — Bill Clinton
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