July 26th 2017
Today in 1948, President Truman desegregated the military with a presidential order. Executive Order 9981 stated that “there shall be equality of treatment and opportunity for all persons in the armed forces without regard to race, color, religion, or national origin.”
Today in 1775, the U.S. Postal Service was established by the Second Continental Congress with Benjamin Franklin named the first Postmaster General.
Today in 1847, the Republic of Liberia declared independence from the American Colonization Society. The United States hesitantly accepted Liberian sovereignty, making the West African nation the first democratic republic in African history. A constitution modeled after the U.S. Constitution was approved, and in 1848 Joseph Jenkins Roberts was elected Liberia’s first president.
Today in 1908, the FBI was created when, seeking to form an independent and more efficient investigative arm, the Department of Justice hired 10 former Secret Service employees to join an expanded Office of the Chief Examiner.
Today in 1879, James T. Gardiner, director of the New York State survey, and landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, outline plans for restoration and preservation of Niagara Falls, one of the first state level conservation efforts in America.
Today in 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed in to law which ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, State and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation.
Today in 1971, Apollo 15 launched a manned mission to the moon. It was the first of what were termed “J missions”, long stays on the Moon, with a greater focus on science than had been possible on previous missions. It was also the first mission on which the Lunar Roving Vehicle was used.
Today, Tru(not man) spit on each and every one of these historical moments when he banned transgender people from armed service for a completely fabricated reason.