December 1st, 2004

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This Day in History, 1824

Lots of good historical anniversaries today. For example, today is the anniversary of Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat and the anniversary of the opening of a new tunnel linking the IND and BMT lines just west of the Queens Plaza Station in Queens -- my home borough -- and both events took place in 1955!

Wow! Both related to commuting!

But since this is an election year, I've decided to go with:

Presidential Election Goes to the House

As no presidential candidate had received a majority of the total electoral votes in the election of 1824, Congress decides to turn over the presidential election to the House of Representatives, as dictated by the 12th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

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(If you decide not to follow the cut-tag, John Quincy Adams was elected in 1825.)