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19October1789
John Jay Sworn in as First Chief Justice of U.S. Supreme Court

John Jay Sworn in as First Chief Justice of U.S. Supreme Court

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1February1790
U.S. Supreme Court Convenes for First Time

U.S. Supreme Court Convenes for First Time

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17February1815
Terrett v. Taylor: Supreme Court Rules on Rights of Religious Corporations

Terrett v. Taylor: Supreme Court Rules on Rights of Religious Corporations

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20March1816
Martin v. Hunter's Lessee: Supreme Court Rules It Has Jurisdiction Over State Cases

Martin v. Hunter's Lessee: Supreme Court Rules It Has Jurisdiction Over State Cases

12October1816
Former Chief Justice John Jay Says Americans Should Prefer Christian Leaders

Former Chief Justice John Jay Says Americans Should Prefer Christian Leaders

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20February1819
Supreme Court Rules Federal Government Has More Power Than Any State

Supreme Court Rules Federal Government Has More Power Than Any State

13November1856
Birth of Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis

Birth of Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis

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6March1857
Dred Scott v. Sandford: Court Rules Anyone of African Decent Not U.S. Citizen

Dred Scott v. Sandford: Court Rules Anyone of African Decent Not U.S. Citizen

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28July1868
14th Amendment of U.S. Constitution Takes Effect

14th Amendment of U.S. Constitution Takes Effect

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15April1872
Watson v. Jones: Secular Courts Can't Necessarily Overrule Church Tribunals

Watson v. Jones: Secular Courts Can't Necessarily Overrule Church Tribunals

11August1872
Birth of Future Supreme Court Chief Justice Harlan Fiske Stone

Birth of Future Supreme Court Chief Justice Harlan Fiske Stone

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14January1878
Supreme Court Rules on Segregation

Supreme Court Rules on Segregation

15February1879
Women Allowed to Argue Cases Before Supreme Court

Women Allowed to Argue Cases Before Supreme Court

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15November1882
Birth of Felix Frankfurter, Future Supreme Court Justice

Birth of Felix Frankfurter, Future Supreme Court Justice

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28January1885

Murphy v. Ramsey: Supreme Court Will Reject Challenge to the Edmunds Anti-Polygamy Act

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23March1885
Murphy v. Ramsey: Edmunds Anti-Polygamy Act Challenged, Will Be Upheld

Murphy v. Ramsey: Edmunds Anti-Polygamy Act Challenged, Will Be Upheld

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22January1890
Birth of Supreme Court Chief Justice Fred M. Vinson

Birth of Supreme Court Chief Justice Fred M. Vinson

19March1891
Birth of Earl Warren, Supreme Court Chief Justice

Birth of Earl Warren, Supreme Court Chief Justice

16October1898
Birth of William Orville Douglas, Future Supreme Court Justice

Birth of William Orville Douglas, Future Supreme Court Justice

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17April1905
Lochner v. New York: Supreme Court Rules on Right to Free Contracts

Lochner v. New York: Supreme Court Rules on Right to Free Contracts

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25April1906
Birth of Future Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan

Birth of Future Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan

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23January1907
Halter v. Nebraska Argued: Can U.S. Flag Be Used in Commercial Ads?

Halter v. Nebraska Argued: Can U.S. Flag Be Used in Commercial Ads?

17September1907
Birth of Warren Burger, Future Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

Birth of Warren Burger, Future Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

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2July1908
Birth of Thurgood Marshall, a Grandson of Slaves & Future US Supreme Court Justice

Birth of Thurgood Marshall, a Grandson of Slaves & Future US Supreme Court Justice

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12November1908
Birth of Harry Blackmun, Future Supreme Court Justice

Birth of Harry Blackmun, Future Supreme Court Justice

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30November1909
Weems v. U.S.: Is 15 Yrs. in Jail and Shackled Doing Hard Labor Cruel and Unusual Punishment?

Weems v. U.S.: Is 15 Yrs. in Jail and Shackled Doing Hard Labor Cruel and Unusual Punishment?

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2May1910
Weems v. U.S.: Constitution Not Limited to Authors' Definitions & Concepts

Weems v. U.S.: Constitution Not Limited to Authors' Definitions & Concepts

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19June1910
Birth of Future Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas

Birth of Future Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas

23January1915
Birth of Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart

Birth of Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart

1June1916
First Jewish Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis' Nomination Approved by U.S. Senate

First Jewish Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis' Nomination Approved by U.S. Senate

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5June1916
Louis Brandeis Becomes First Jew on the U.S. Supreme Court

Louis Brandeis Becomes First Jew on the U.S. Supreme Court

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23February1923
Meyer v. Nebraska: Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Personal Liberty

Meyer v. Nebraska: Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Personal Liberty

4June1923
Meyer v. Nebraska: Parents Can Decide When Children Learn a Foreign Language

Meyer v. Nebraska: Parents Can Decide When Children Learn a Foreign Language

1October1924
Birth of William Rehnquist, Future Chief Justice of U.S. Supreme Court

Birth of William Rehnquist, Future Chief Justice of U.S. Supreme Court

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16March1925
Pierce v. Society of Sisters: Court Will Rule Parents Have Right to Choose Child's School

Pierce v. Society of Sisters: Court Will Rule Parents Have Right to Choose Child's School

1June1925
Pierce v. Society of Sisters: Parents Can't be Forced to Use Public Schools Over Private

Pierce v. Society of Sisters: Parents Can't be Forced to Use Public Schools Over Private

2May1927
Beck v. Bell: Supreme Court Upholds Virginia Statue Allowing Sterilization

Beck v. Bell: Supreme Court Upholds Virginia Statue Allowing Sterilization

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28February1928
Olmstead v. U.S.: Supreme Court Rules Wire Tapping Legal No Matter Reason or Motivation

Olmstead v. U.S.: Supreme Court Rules Wire Tapping Legal No Matter Reason or Motivation

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4June1928
Olmstead v. U.S.: Supreme Court Rules Wire Tapping Legal No Matter Reason or Motivation

Olmstead v. U.S.: Supreme Court Rules Wire Tapping Legal No Matter Reason or Motivation

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26March1930
Birth of Sandra Day O'Connor, Supreme Court Justice

Birth of Sandra Day O'Connor, Supreme Court Justice

18May1931
Stomberg v. California: Can't Ban Using U.S. Flag to Criticize Government

Stomberg v. California: Can't Ban Using U.S. Flag to Criticize Government

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14November1931
Seattle Citizens Ask Supreme Court to Review Law Forbidding Bible Teaching in Public Schools

Seattle Citizens Ask Supreme Court to Review Law Forbidding Bible Teaching in Public Schools

15March1933
Birth of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court Justice

Birth of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court Justice

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15November1935
German Citizenship of all German Jews is Revoked under Nuremberg Race Laws

German Citizenship of all German Jews is Revoked under Nuremberg Race Laws

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11March1936
Birth of Antonin Scalia, Supreme Court Justice

Birth of Antonin Scalia, Supreme Court Justice

15November1938
Education Minister Berhard Rust Expels All Jewish Students From Schools

Education Minister Berhard Rust Expels All Jewish Students From Schools

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5January1939
Felix Frankfurter Appointed to U.S. Supreme Court

Felix Frankfurter Appointed to U.S. Supreme Court

4April1939
William O. Douglas Confirmed as Supreme Court Justice - Will be Longest Serving-Justice Ever

William O. Douglas Confirmed as Supreme Court Justice - Will be Longest Serving-Justice Ever

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29March1940

Cantwell v. Connecticut: Statute Requiring License to Solicit for Religious Purposes Struck Down

25April1940
Supreme Court Rules Students Can be Forced to Salute American Flag

Supreme Court Rules Students Can be Forced to Salute American Flag

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