On this day in 1788 New Hampshire became the 9th state to ratify the Constitution, thus making it the law of the land and now the oldest written Constitution in the world still in use. Many nations have followed suit and created their governments in the same mold because it has stood the test of time. The ability to add amendments was a compromise at the time, but it certainly made things easier in the long run for my country. All except for that 19th amendment, screw that one! Minority my ass, more like lazy majority!
On this day in 1964 three civil rights workers disappeared after investigating a church burning in Mississippi. It was later found that they were murdered by the Ku Klux Klan and buried in an earthen dam. The FBI got involved after the local law enforcement proved to be less than helpful (more like they were involved), and were able to get convictions. The civil rights worker's murders attracted the nations attention to the plight of many people in the south.
On this day in 1981 John Hinckley Jr. used the ever popular insanity plea to his advantage after shooting Ronald Reagan 3 months prior and was judged to be not guilty. He fired 6 shots at the president, wounding him in the abdomen. Reagan made an unexpected quick recovery from his wounds. Now some folks want to call him one of the best American presidents ever, I won't disagree, but he better not be put on the $10.00 bill.