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Brandeis Sworn in as Justice of US Supreme Court

Brandeis was an American lawyer and the author of the Brandeis Brief, a report that detailed the impact of long working hours on women and revolutionized the practice of law. He was also a leader of the American Zionist movement. Appointed to the Supreme Court by Woodrow Wilson in 1916, he served until 1939 and was the first Jew to hold that office. Brandeis University, the only nonsectarian Jewish-sponsored university in the US, is named after him. What other institutions bear his name?



Key Biscayne

Key Biscayne is an island located in Miami-Dade County, Florida, between the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay. While named a 'key', it is not geologically part of the Florida Keys, but a barrier island composed of sand eroded from the Appalachian Mountains and carried there. When Hurricane Andrew stripped part of the island in 1992, archeologists found extensive evidence of a large Tequesta community that had lived there up to 2,000 years ago. What is the island's history with regard to slavery?

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Pat Garrett

Garrett was a lawman, bartender, and customs agent who was appointed sheriff of Lincoln County, New Mexico, in 1880. As sheriff, he was charged with tracking down and arresting Henry McCarty, a jail escapee and participant in the Lincoln County War, better known as Billy the Kid. How did Garrett ultimately succeed in killing the Kid, and why did this act eventually sully his reputation?

Last updated on Tuesday, 5th June 2007

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