Daily Archives: July 2, 2011

This Day in History: US President Lyndon B. Johnson Signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (1964)


US President Lyndon B. Johnson Signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (1964)

Proposed by President John F. Kennedy and strengthened and passed under President Johnson, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is widely considered the most important US law on civil rights since Reconstruction. A comprehensive law intended to end discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, or national origin, it guarantees equal voting rights and prohibits segregation or discrimination in public places, among other provisions. How long did some senators filibuster to delay the bill’s passage? More… Discuss

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In The News: China Opens World’s Longest Sea Bridge


China Opens World’s Longest Sea Bridge

At 26.3 miles (42.4 km) in length, the newly opened Jiaozhou Bay bridge in China is the world’s longest over-water bridge. It beat out the previous record-holder, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway in the US state of Louisiana, by more than 2.5 miles (4 km). The bridge took 4 years to complete and cost more than 1.5 billion dollars to construct. It is expected to be used by about 30,000 cars per day and will cut commute time between Qingdao and Huangdao by about 30 minutes. More… Discuss

Latakia


Latakia

Latakia is Syria‘s principal port city and a manufacturing center for nearby agricultural towns and villages. Formerly the ancient Phoenician city of Ramitha, it was rebuilt circa 290 BCE by one of Alexander the Great’s generals and prospered under Roman rule. Byzantines and Arabs fought over it from the 7th to 11th century, and it was captured in 1098 by the Crusaders and in 1188 by Saladin. From the 16th century to WWI, it was part of the Ottoman Empire, after which it fell into whose hands? More… Discuss