History May 5

  • Air Traffic Controlers Strike

    Thousands of workers went on strike and President Reagan refused to negotiate with the Professional Air Traffic Controller's Organization. He fired workers that were strinking. The wokers had violated a law forbidding federal employees from going on strike.
  • Equal Access Act

    A U.S. federal law that compels secondary schools, in which are funded by the government, to provide equal access for religious after school activities and or clubs.
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    Iran- Contra Scandal

    Began when the U.S. sold weapons to Iran in exchange for their promise to pressure terrorist groups in Lebanon to release some American hostages. The plan failed, and went against the policy of refusing to negotiate with terrorists.
  • Gramm- Rudman- Hollings Act

    It was known as the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985. This act called for automatic spending cuts to be made if Congress or the president failed to reach their targets they had established. A revised version of the act was passed in 1987.
  • Reno v. ACLU

  • Mitchell v. Helms

    It was aSupreme Court Decision that allowed loans to be made to religious schools, from The Education and Consolidation and Improvement Act of 1981.
  • Bush v. Gore

    The decision of the Supreme Court that adaquetely resolved the 2000 presidential election, in favor of George Bush. Bush 271 electoral votes, which allowed him to win the Electoral College and win the election.
  • Westside Community School District v. Mergens

    A highschool in Omaha, Nebraska that refused to let a group of students form a Christian Bible study group. Students argued that it violated the Equal Access Act. The court decided they could hold their groups on school grounds as long as the leader is not getting paid.