This Day In History: 0000-08-16

August 10, 1988- “Reparations for Japanese American Internees” “U.S. House of Representatives Resolution 442 was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan, which provided for a payment of $20,000 to each surviving Japanese American who was interned at American camps during the Second World War. It also provided for a $1.25 billion education fund, among other provisions. It sought to address the injuries caused to Japanese Americans by the internment of those citizens during the Second World War. Approximately 110,000 Japanese Americans had to liquidate their assets on three days’ notice and relocate to remote prison camps.”

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2017 November 23, 2002 - "First Native American Travels to Space" John Herrington, a registered member of the Chickasaw Nation, was the first Native American to travel into space as the mission specialist for STS-113, the 16th mission to the International Space Station. During his mission, Herrington performed three spacewalks that totaled 19 hours and 55 minutes. The length of his mission was 13 days, 18 hours and 47 minutes. Herrington was inducted to the Chickasaw Hall of Fame the same year he went into space. William Pogue, a crewman aboard Skylab 4 in 1973-1974, had Choctaw ancestry, but was not an enrolled member of the Choctaw.

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