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There has been no other team in Major League Baseball that has endured as bad of postseason luck as the Chicago Cubs. It has been 70 years since their last World Series appearance (1945) and over 100 years since their last title (1908).
With the chance to close out the series and take one step closer to an appearance in the World Series, we wondered what changes our country has seen pass through the Supreme Court over the years. Here’s a look at some of the key moments that have occurred since the Cubs last made a World Series appearance in 1945.
1945- Smith vs. Allwright
Primary elections must be open to voters of all races.
1945- Chicago Cubs last reached World Series
1954- Brown vs. Board Of Education
Ended the legal segregation in public schools
1964- Civil Rights Act is signed
Outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.
1965- Voting Rights Acts is signed
Prohibits racial discrimination in voting
1966-Miranda vs. Arizona
Led to the creation of “Miranda Rights”, which are the rights police read to suspects
1967- Thurgood Marshall becomes first African American to serve on Supreme Court
1972- Title IX is signed into law
States that: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”
1973- Roe vs. Wade
Legalized abortions, but the decision must be balanced against the following factors-protecting women's health and protecting the potentiality of human life.
1981-Sandra Day O’Connor becomes first woman to serve on Supreme Court
2009- Sonia Sotomayor becomes first Hispanic-American to serve on Supreme Court
Who knows what the National League Champion Series holds for the Cubs, but we all know that this monumental season will be part of their history. Likewise, we don’t know what landmark cases will occur in our future, but no matter what it will be a part of our country’s growing future.
And, if you are curious, take a look at the possibility for the 28th Constitutional Amendment that could be in store for the United States. Take a look at the LexTalk Infographic, 25 amendments, historic failures & possibilities for the 28th Amendment.
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