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19 October 1789
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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1 February 1790
U.S. Supreme Court Convenes for First Time

U.S. Supreme Court Convenes for First Time

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17 February 1815
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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20 March 1816
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

12 October 1816
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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20 February 1819
Supreme Court Rules Federal Government Has More Power Than Any State

Supreme Court Rules Federal Government Has More Power Than Any State

13 November 1856
Birth of Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis

Birth of Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis

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6 March 1857
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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28 July 1868
14th Amendment of U.S. Constitution Takes Effect

14th Amendment of U.S. Constitution Takes Effect

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15 April 1872
Watson v. Jones: Secular Courts Can't Necessarily Overrule Church Tribunals

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

11 August 1872
Birth of Future Supreme Court Chief Justice Harlan Fiske Stone

Birth of Future Supreme Court Chief Justice Harlan Fiske Stone

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14 January 1878
Supreme Court Rules on Segregation

Supreme Court Rules on Segregation

15 February 1879
Women Allowed to Argue Cases Before Supreme Court

Women Allowed to Argue Cases Before Supreme Court

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15 November 1882
Birth of Felix Frankfurter, Future Supreme Court Justice

Birth of Felix Frankfurter, Future Supreme Court Justice

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28 January 1885

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

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23 March 1885
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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22 January 1890
Birth of Supreme Court Chief Justice Fred M. Vinson

Birth of Supreme Court Chief Justice Fred M. Vinson

19 March 1891
Birth of Earl Warren, Supreme Court Chief Justice

Birth of Earl Warren, Supreme Court Chief Justice

16 October 1898
Birth of William Orville Douglas, Future Supreme Court Justice

Birth of William Orville Douglas, Future Supreme Court Justice

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17 April 1905
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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25 April 1906
Birth of Future Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan

Birth of Future Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan

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23 January 1907
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?

17 September 1907
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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2 July 1908
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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12 November 1908
Birth of Harry Blackmun, Future Supreme Court Justice

Birth of Harry Blackmun, Future Supreme Court Justice

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30 November 1909
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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2 May 1910
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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19 June 1910
Birth of Future Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas

Birth of Future Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas

23 January 1915
Birth of Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart

Birth of Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart

1 June 1916
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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5 June 1916
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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23 February 1923
Meyer v. Nebraska: Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Personal Liberty

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

4 June 1923
Meyer v. Nebraska: Parents Can Decide When Children Learn a Foreign Language

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

1 October 1924
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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16 March 1925
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

1 June 1925
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

2 May 1927
Beck v. Bell: Supreme Court Upholds Virginia Statue Allowing Sterilization

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

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28 February 1928
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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4 June 1928
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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26 March 1930
Birth of Sandra Day O'Connor, Supreme Court Justice

Birth of Sandra Day O'Connor, Supreme Court Justice

18 May 1931
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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14 November 1931
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

15 March 1933
Birth of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court Justice

Birth of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court Justice

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15 November 1935
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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11 March 1936
Birth of Antonin Scalia, Supreme Court Justice

Birth of Antonin Scalia, Supreme Court Justice

15 November 1938
Education Minister Berhard Rust Expels All Jewish Students From Schools

Education Minister Berhard Rust Expels All Jewish Students From Schools

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5 January 1939
Felix Frankfurter Appointed to U.S. Supreme Court

Felix Frankfurter Appointed to U.S. Supreme Court

4 April 1939
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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29 March 1940

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

25 April 1940
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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