Sept. 3, 1919: President Wilson began a cross-country tour to win support for the League of Nations. The trip — 8,000 miles in 22 days — was too much for him. President Wilson collapsed from exhaustion and later suffered a near fatal stroke. The Senate never ratified the League of Nations Treaty, which was formed in the wake of World War I. The United Nations, which the U.S. did join after World War II, was based on many of the principles and objectives of the League: Maintaining global peace and order.
Sept. 3, 1964: President Johnson signed the Wilderness Act, protecting nine million acres of federal land.
Quote of the Day: "If you want to make enemies, try to change something." - Woodrow Wilson
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