Thursday, December 13, 2012

Another Reason 12-12-12 is Kinda Cool

Yesterday was 12-12-12. Everyone at school was talking about how that won't happen for another 100 years. And at 12 minutes after 12 we all looked at the clock and screamed. It was fun, I guess. But really, every date only happens one time. That is how time works! Here is another reason December 12th is cool every year!   - Karson

On this day in 1966, the United States Supreme Court announced that it would hear the case of Richard and Mildred Loving, a mixed-race couple who had married in Washington, D.C., and then were later arrested in their home south of Fredericksburg. Such marriages were then prohibited in Virginia, and the law had been upheld by the state’s highest court. As the newspaper clipping above indicates, Virginia’s attorney general, Robert Young Button, had argued against the court considering the case, saying “it is clear the challenged enactments infringe no constitutional right …”
Not so clear, turns out. In 1967, in Loving v. Virginia, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Virginia’s law.


IMAGE:  Daily News-Record, Harrisonburg, Virginia, December 13, 1966