Today in History (1862) - The U.S. government forbids all Union army officers from returning fugitive slaves, thus effectively annulling the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 and setting the stage for the Emancipation Proclamation. On the same day in 1865, the Confederate Congress voted to enlist 300,000 black troops, granting them freedom with the consent of their owners. Lee surrendered a few weeks later.
To Melissa Head, who volunteered to serve with the U.S. Army Corps on Engineers in Iraq, for passing her bar exam. Being in Baghdad, Head took her professional oath and was sworn in to the Iowa Bar Association Tuesday via video-teleconference.