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Copyright Clause

May 31, 1790

The first copyright statute of the newly formed United States of America is enacted into law. Proposals submitted by James Madison and Charles Pinckney at the Constitutional Convention of 1787 are the origins of the Copyright Clause in the United States Constitution, … Continue reading

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Pick a Team, Tomato

May 10, 1893

Nix v. Hedden, 149 U.S. 304 (1893),[1] was a decision by the Supreme Court of the United States that decided that the tomato should be classified under customs regulations as a vegetable rather than a fruit. The Court’s unanimous opinion held that the Tariff Act of 1883 used the ordinary meaning of the words “fruit” and “vegetable”, under which a tomato is classified as a vegetable, instead of the technical botanical meaning. Continue reading

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