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This Day at Law

William O. Douglas born

On September 16, 1898, William O. Douglas was born in Maine Township, Minnesota. Douglas went on to become Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission before being named to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Franklin Roosevelt. Douglas would become an influential civil libertarian on the Warren Court and the longest tenured Justice in history, serving for 36 years and 7 months. Listen to interviews of Justice Douglas as conducted by Princeton University Professor Walter F. Murphy.

Nazi war criminals hanged

On October 16, 1946, 10 Nazi war criminals, including former German Foreign Minister von Rippentrop, were hanged following the verdicts of the Nuremberg war crimes tribunal.

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