On this day in history: Social Security Act signed into Law, August 14, 1935


August 14, 1935:  Social Security Act Signed into Law

On this day in 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act, which was originally designed to provide economic security during the Great Depression.

Funded through a 2% payroll tax, the 1935 Social Security Act offered aid for the unemployed, the elderly, children and various state health and welfare programs.

Today, Social Security remains an important topic in the discourse of health and politics.  Read PBS NewsHour’s recent article, “34 Social Security Secrets You Need to Know Now.”

Photo:  ”Unemployed insured workers registering for jobs and filing benefit claims at a State employment office,”  National Archives and Records Administration.

70 years ago today: Executive Order 9066 & Japanese Internment Camps


This Day in History: Executive Order 9066 & Japanese Internment Camps

On February 19, 1942, Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066 allowing the US military to create domestic exclusion zones and remove people from them.

“Within days,” the Los Angeles Times reminds us, “the military began removing all Japanese Americans and Japanese from the West Coast.

“Within months, about 110,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans – almost two-thirds of whom were U.S. citizens –were moved to internment camps scattered through eastern California, Arizona and other Western States.”

The LA Times Framework blog has a great slideshow of the images they published at that time.

Images: Lead image is a sign notifying people of Japanese descent to report for relocation, via Wikipedia. Photos via the LA Times Framework blog.