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Today in history: February 5
In 1937, FDR unveiled his plan to pack the Supreme Court with justices to push through New Deal policies
FDR's plan was not exactly universally heralded.
FDR's plan was not exactly universally heralded. (Bettmann/CORBIS)

Feb. 5, 1917: Congress overrode President Woodrow Wilson's veto of a law severely curtailing the immigration of Asians.

Feb. 5, 1937: President Franklin Roosevelt announced his "court packing" plan to add up to five new Supreme Court justices. FDR's plan was in reaction to the Supreme Court's repeated striking down of his New Deal programs. FDR's idea provoked national outrage; some accused him of trying to rig the judiciary system.

Quote of the Day

"I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made." — Franklin D. Roosevelt


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