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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, which allows for the granting of copyrights and patents.

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Pick a Team, Tomato

May 10, 1893


The Supreme Court of the United States decides that the tomato is a officially a vegetable.  In Nix v. Hedden, 149 U.S. 304 (1893), the Court unanimously rules that the tomato must now be classified under customs regulations as a vegetable rather than a fruit. Its decision is based on the Tariff Act of 1883, which classifies the tomato as a vegetable, using the ordinary meaning of the words “fruit” and “vegetable,” instead of their technical botanical meanings. Salads everywhere rejoice.

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