Today is a little known but important date in American history: on June 29, 1972, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the death penalty unconstitutional in practice in the Furman v. Georgia decision. A number of states scrambled to rewrite their capital punishment statutes and, four years later on July 2, 1976, the Court effectively reversed itself in the Gregg v. Georgia decision. \\ remember the victims, but not with more killing. WORD.
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Monday, May 4, 1970: The Kent State Massacre — Kent State University, Ohio National Guardsmen shot four unarmed students to death and wounded nine others during a student protest.
—A man who assisted in autopsies in a big urban hospital, starting in the mid-1950s, describes the many deaths from botched abortions that he saw. “The deaths stopped overnight in 1973.” He never saw another in the 18 years before he retired. “That,” he says, “ought to tell people something about keeping abortion legal. “The Way It Was” — Mother Jones Magazine — Abortion before Roe v. Wade. #abortion #life #pro-choice #pro-life #baby
In Nov 1990 LIFE published a photograph of a young man named David Kirby — his body wasted by AIDS, his gaze locked on something beyond this world — surrounded by anguished family members as he took his last breaths. The haunting image of Kirby on his death bed, taken by a journalism student named Therese Frare, quickly became the one photograph most powerfully identified w/ the HIV/AIDS epidemic that, by then, had seen millions of people infected (many of them unknowingly) around the globe.
1st black pilot with Continental Airlines who had to go through the Supreme Court to get the job. Marlon Dewitt Green (June 6, 1929 – July 6, 2009) was an African-American pilot whose landmark United States Supreme Court decision in 1963 helped dismantle racial discrimination in the American passenger airline industry, leading to David Harris hiring as the first African-American pilot for a major airline the following year.
AIDS epidemic: first recognized in 1981; has infected more than 60 million people; primarily a disease of developing nations; over 90% of HIV-infected people live in poor countries of Southern Hemisphere; 2/3 are in sub-Saharan Africa alone; responsible for about 5% of deaths worldwide
The Ten Commandments monument became the object of a controversial US Supreme Court case in 2005 called Van Orden v. Perry. The court upheld the right of the state to have the monument on the grounds of the State Capitol, saying it wasn't a violation of the separation of church and state.
On June 12, 1967 the US Supreme Court ruled in Loving v Virginia that state laws forbidding interracial marriage were unconstitutional. Despite this Supreme Court ruling, such laws remained on the books, although unenforceable, in several states until 2000, when Alabama became the last state to repeal its law against mixed-race marriage. #TodayInBlackHistory