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Daily Video for June 8 – Bill of Rights Beginnings



On June 8, 1789, James Madison, then a Representative of Virginia’s 5th District, proposed 17 articles, or proposed amendments to the US Constitution.  These would be debated and passed by the House of Representatives, then shortened and combined into 12 and passed by the senate, then again by the House of Representatives in September of that year.

When sent to the states for ratification, articles three through 12 were passed, becoming the Bill of Rights — the first 10 amendments to the US Constitution.  Article two, which involved preventing Congress from increasing its compensation in its current term was passed in 1992, but the first article, specifying how Representatives are apportioned has not  yet been ratified, though it remains active and pending since there is no time limit set for the ratification of Constitutional Amendments.

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Daily Video for June 4 – Tienanmen Square Protests Suppressed


The Tienanmen Square Incident

On June 4, 1989, student protests on Tienanmen Square in Beijing China which began in April were broken up by the Chinese military in what is sometimes called the Tienanmen Square Incident, the June Fourth Incident, or the Tienanmen Square Massacre.

Reaching at one point over 1 million protesters strong, the Chinese students were calling for democracy, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, due process, and greater accountability for the communist Chinese regime.  These protests ultimately led to the declaration of marital law, and on June 4, 1989, the Chinese military rolled into the square to break up the protesters, resulting in thousands dead and wounded, the leaders executed or exiled,  and a greater clamp down by the government on the freedoms given to the people, ending or reversing many reforms that were being made throughout the 1980s.

Check out these videos of the incident:

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