State of the Union

This Day in History: Jan. 4

This Day in History: Jan. 4

In 2007, Nancy Pelosi was elected the first female speaker of the House as Democrats took control of Congress.

1896: Utah was admitted as the 45th state.

1904: The Supreme Court, in Gonzalez v. Williams, ruled that Puerto Ricans were not aliens and could enter the United States freely; however, the court stopped short of declaring them U.S. citizens. (Puerto Ricans received U.S. citizenship in 1917.)

1935: President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in his State of the Union address, called for legislation to provide assistance for the jobless, elderly, impoverished children and the...

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