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Executive Order 8802

Sat, 2017-06-24 23:05

 Prohibition of Discrimination in the Defense Industry (detail)
In June of 1941, President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 8802, banning discriminatory employment practices by Federal agencies and all unions and companies engaged in war-related work. The order also established the Fair Employment Practices Commission to enforce the new policy.
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"Disreputable Places of Hazen, Nevada"

Fri, 2017-06-23 23:46

"Saloons and disreputable places of Hazen [Nev.] June 24, 1905." (detail)
Dated June 24, 1905, this photograph features the "Saloons and disreputable places of Hazen [Nevada]..."

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Drawing for a Type-Writer

Thu, 2017-06-22 23:40

Drawing for a Typewriter, 06/23/1868 (detail)
Dated June 23, 1868, this is the printed patent drawing for a "Type-Writer" invented by Christopher L. Sholes, Carlos Glidden, and J. W. Soule.
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Servicemen’s Readjustment Act (GI Bill)

Wed, 2017-06-21 23:09

Servicemen’s Readjustment Act (GI Bill) (detail)
Signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on June 22, 1944, this act, also known as the GI Bill, provided veterans of the Second World War funds for college education, unemployment insurance, and housing.
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Summer Concert at the South Street Seaport

Tue, 2017-06-20 23:19

"Folk singing and dancing has found a new home at the South Street Seaport on the East River near Brooklyn Bridge... 06/1973 " (detail)
Taken in June 1973 at South Street Seaport in New York City, this photograph is from the EPA's DOCUMERICA Program to document subjects of environmental concern in America during the 1970s. The caption reads: "Folk singing and dancing has found a new home at the South Street Seaport on the East River near Brooklyn Bridge. Enthusiastic crowds gather several times a week during the summer to enjoy the show and the music, view the harbor boats, and breathe the sea air. 06/1973 "

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Design for the Great Seal of the United States

Mon, 2017-06-19 23:56

Original Design of the Great Seal of the United States (detail)
Just a few hours after the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, the first committee to design a seal for the United States was appointed, and its design began. After undergoing numerous changes, on June 20, 1782, the seal was officially adopted by the Continental Congress.
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National Archives Act

Sun, 2017-06-18 23:38


Signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on June 19, 1934, this act established the National Archives to centralize federal record keeping, with the Archivist of the United States as its chief administrator.

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