Sherman Minton (1890–1965) was a Democratic United States Senator
from Indiana and an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the
United States. He served as a captain in World War I, then launched a
legal and political career. In 1934, Minton won election to the United
States Senate. As part of the New Deal Coalition, he championed
President Franklin D. Roosevelt's unsuccessful court packing plans in
the Senate and became one of his top Senate allies. After Minton failed
in his 1940 Senate re-election bid, Roosevelt appointed him as a judge
to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. After
Roosevelt's death, President Harry Truman, who had developed a close
friendship with Minton during their time together in the Senate,
nominated him to the Supreme Court, where he served for seven years. An
advocate of judicial restraint, Minton was a regular supporter of the
majority opinions during his early years on the Court; he became a
regular dissenter after President Dwight Eisenhower's appointees
altered the Bench's composition. In 1956, poor health forced Minton's
retirement, after which he traveled and lectured until his death in
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Miguel Hidalgo, the parish priest in Dolores, Guanajuato, delivered the
Grito de Dolores to his congregation, instigating the Mexican War of
Independence against Spain.
A bomb in a horse wagon exploded in front of the J. P. Morgan building
in New York City, killing 38 people and injuring 400 others.
World War II: Heinrich von Vietinghoff, commander of the German 10th
Army, decided to withdraw his troops from Salerno, concluding the
Allied invasion of Italy.
Construction of the Northern Xinjiang Railway was completed between
Ürümqi and Alashankou, linking the railway lines of China and
Kazakhstan, and adding a sizable portion to the Eurasian Land Bridge.
The British pound was forced out of the European Exchange Rate
Mechanism on Black Wednesday, and suffered a major devaluation.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
To hang ornaments, such as garlands or chains, which hang loosely from
two tacked spots
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Thou whose deep ways are in the sea,
Whose footsteps are not known,
To-night a world that turned from
Is waiting — at Thy Throne.
The towering Babels that we raised
Where scoffing sophists brawl,
The little Antichrists we praised —
The night is on them all.
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