BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Aspirin is patented and a decision is made in the Dred Scott case. All this and more, in today’s “This Day in History”.
On this day in 1899, the Imperial Patent Office in Berlin registered “Aspirin”, the brand name for acetylsalicylic acid, on behalf of Friedrich Bayer & Co. Originally made from a chemical found in the bark of willow trees.
On this day in 1857, the Supreme Court issued a decision in the Dred Scott case. Their ruling slave owners the right to take their slaves into the Western territories. The ruling negated the doctrine of popular sovereignty, while also severely undermed the platform of the recently created Republican Party.
On this day in 1820, President James Monroe signs the Missouri Compromise. The bill’s goal was to equalize the number of slave-holding and free states in the country. It allowed Missouri to join the Union as a slave state, and Maine to join as a free state.
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