On this day. 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. 1868: President Andrew Johnson signed a law saying that government workers would work an eight-hour day.
On this day. 1929: President Herbert Hoover authorized the building of Boulder Dam, now known, of course, as Hoover Dam.
On this day. 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. 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
More from West Wing Reports...
- The 10 worst-reviewed movies of 2013
- Watch The Daily Show mock the NSA and the gamers they're spying on
- Diagnosing the Home Alone burglars' injuries: A professional weighs in
- Is the rent really too damn high?
- Americans are wealthier than ever*
- Antarctica recently experienced the coldest day in recorded history
- The secrets of happy families
- How did Love Actually become so controversial? A theory
- Godzilla: Watch the surprisingly grim trailer for the blockbuster reboot
- President Obama snapped a selfie during Nelson Mandela's memorial service
Subscribe to the Week