On this day in 1789, Benjamin Franklin writes, to a friend, the famous letter in which he states, "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." The friend never writes back.

On this day in 1956, the Supreme Court strikes down laws calling for racial segregation on public buses, but allows for a slight rise in the fares.

On this day in 1969, speaking in Des Moines, Iowa, Vice President Spiro T. Agnew accuses network television news departments of bias and distortion, and urges viewers to lodge complaints. Immediately, the show Spiro and the Chimp is cancelled, replaced by Wonder Woman.

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