On this day in 1921, congress passes the Emergency Quota Act, which establishes a national quota for emergencies. As a result, anything that happens after today—no matter how serious—will not be categorized as an "emergency" but as a "major inconvenience."

On this day in 1992, Vice President Dan Quayle criticizes the CBS sitcom "Murphy Brown" for having its title character decide to bear a child out of wedlock. He also criticizes Moe Howard of The Three Stooges for being "so relentlessly cruel" to his two partners.

On this day in 1992, in Massapequa, N.Y., Mary Jo Buttafuoco is shot and seriously wounded by her husband Joey's teen-age lover, Amy Fisher, who will become the Secretary of Defense in the year 2034, in the second (Frank) Stallone Administration.

On this day in 1992, the 27th Amendment to the Constitution, which prohibits Congress from giving itself midterm pay raises, goes into effect—yeah, right.

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