4 L.A. Cops Charged In Rodney King Beating On This Date In 1991

Today in 1820, Maine was admitted as the 23rd state of the Union.

Today in 1913, as Wyoming became the 36th(and last state needed to ratify the 16th Amendment), taxation became a thing. With this line: "Congress shall have the power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several states, and without regard to any census or enumeration” – all of our lives changed forever.

Today in 1919, the American Legion was founded in Paris.

Today in 1985, the first Internet domain name, symbolics.com was registered.

Today in 1989, the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs became the 14th Department in the President’s Cabinet.

Today in 1991, four Los Angeles police officers were charged with beating Rodney King.

Today in 2002, Andrea Yates received a life sentence in Texas, for drowning her five children on June 20, 2001. It was later revealed that she had been suffering for some time with very severe postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis. Her husband, Rusty (who apparently knew of her issues, but encouraged her to keep having children anyway), divorced her in 2005. He has since remarried. As for Andrea, her conviction was overturned on appeal. She was found not guilty in 2006 by reason of insanity and was sent to a Texas mental hospital, where she remains today.

Today in 2017, Disney refused to cut the so-called “gay moment” in the film, "Beauty and the Beast," for Malaysian censors, instead pulls film from Malaysia.

Today in 2018, pedestrian bridge in Miami, Florida collapsed onto 8-lane highway…just five days after it was built, killing six.


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