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Today in 1782, George Washington created the Purple Heart

The Purple Heart is the badge for meritorious action. It is our oldest military award.

Learn more about the creation of the award and what it honors. (PDF)

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August 6, 1965: Voting Rights Act Signed Into Law
On this day in 1965, the Voting Rights Act was signed into law, protecting all U.S. citizens from racial discrimination while voting.  
Last year, the Supreme Court struck down one of the key provisions of this law, which required federal approval for changes to voting laws in certain states. The decision was polarizing. And at the controversy’s core lay the question of whether racial minorities continue to face voting barriers in states with histories of discrimination.
How do you think this will affect future elections? Delve into the discussion with this episode from the March@50 on the evolving sphere of voting rights in the US.

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From PBS:

August 6, 1965: Voting Rights Act Signed Into Law

On this day in 1965, the Voting Rights Act was signed into law, protecting all U.S. citizens from racial discrimination while voting.  

Last year, the Supreme Court struck down one of the key provisions of this law, which required federal approval for changes to voting laws in certain states. The decision was polarizing. And at the controversy’s core lay the question of whether racial minorities continue to face voting barriers in states with histories of discrimination.

How do you think this will affect future elections? Delve into the discussion with this episode from the March@50 on the evolving sphere of voting rights in the US.

Image description: Today in 1965, President Johnson signed Medicare into law. President Truman became its first beneficiary and got the first Medicare card.This photo shows Johnson signing the Medicare law. Shown with the President (on the right in the photo) are (left to right) Mrs. Johnson; former President Harry Truman; Vice-President Hubert Humphrey; and Mrs. Truman.
Photo courtesy of LBJ Presidential Library.

Image description: Today in 1965, President Johnson signed Medicare into law. President Truman became its first beneficiary and got the first Medicare card.

This photo shows Johnson signing the Medicare law. Shown with the President (on the right in the photo) are (left to right) Mrs. Johnson; former President Harry Truman; Vice-President Hubert Humphrey; and Mrs. Truman.

Photo courtesy of LBJ Presidential Library.

Image description: Today in 1958, NASA was created! Learn about all of our space exploration since then at http://nasa.gov

Image description: Today in 1958, NASA was created! Learn about all of our space exploration since then at http://nasa.gov

Image description: Today in 1940, President Franklin Roosevelt was nominated to a third term. A four-term president, he was the only one to serve more than two.
Learn more about FDR’s presidency.

Image description: Today in 1940, President Franklin Roosevelt was nominated to a third term. A four-term president, he was the only one to serve more than two.

Learn more about FDR’s presidency.