This Week in History: March 13-19, 2017

This Week in History: March 13-19, 2017

Independent Sentinel by Dianne Hermann

This Week in History
by Dianne Hermann

“Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past,
for human events ever resemble those of preceding times.”
Machiavelli

Week of March 13-19, 2017

March 13

1868 – The Senate begins President Andrew Johnson’s impeachment trial. The Senate fails to impeach Johnson by one vote.

1884 – The U.S. adopts Standard Time.

1901 – Andrew Carnegie announces that he is retiring from business and that he will spend the rest of his life giving away his fortune. His net worth is estimated at $300 million.

Clarence Darrow at the Scopes Evolution Trial, Dayton, Tennessee, July 1925. Source: <a href="https://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/97512300/">Library of Congress</a>.
Clarence Darrow at the Scopes Evolution Trial, Dayton, Tennessee, July 1925. Source: Library of Congress.

1925 – Tennessee passes the “Butler Act,” making it unlawful to teach evolution. High school teacher John Scopes is tried for violating that act in July. He is found guilty and is fined $100, but the verdict is overturned on a technicality. It is later revealed that town leaders convinced Scoped to plead guilty for the publicity after the ACLU offered to defend anyone accused of teaching evolution.

1930 – It is announced that the planet Pluto has been discovered by scientist Clyde Tombaugh at the Lowell Observatory.

1951 – The comic strip “Dennis the Menace” by Hank Ketcham appears for the first time in newspapers across the country[…]

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