The Ten Commandments – Today In Southern History

22 August 2003  

On this date in 2003…

The Alabama Supreme Court’s Chief Justice Roy Moore was suspended after refusing to comply with a federal court order in response to a Southern Poverty Law Center suit to remove a stone monument inscribed with the Ten Commandments from the lobby of the Alabama Supreme Court building. The suspension was short-lived as Moore won re-election to the court by a landslide.

Other Years:
  • 1775 – King George III proclaimed that the American colonies were in open rebellion.
  • 1848 – The United States annexed New Mexico.
  • 1950 – Althea Gibson of South Carolina became the first black tennis player to be accepted into a national competition.
  • 1986 – Kerr-McGee Corp. agreed to pay the estate of the late Karen Silkwood $1.38 million to settle a 10-year-old nuclear contamination lawsuit from its Crescent, Oklahoma fuel plant.
  • 1989 – Texas baseball legend Nolan Ryan became the first major league pitcher to strike out 5000 batters.
  • 2007 – The Texas Rangers beat the Baltimore Orioles 30-3, the most runs scored by a team in modern Major League Baseball history.

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