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On this day: December 14

Published On: Dec 12 2012 10:12:02 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 14 2012 01:00:00 AM CST

George Washington dies, a spacecraft flies by Venus for the first time, Bob Dylan releases his first single, President George W. Bush ducks flying shoes, and tragedy hits Sandy Hook, all on this day.

OTD December 14 - Heart of Atlanta Hotel
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1964: In the Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States, the United States Supreme Court rules that the U.S. Congress could use the Constitution's Commerce Clause power to force private businesses to abide by the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Heart of Atlanta motel was a large, 216-room motel in Atlanta, Ga., which refused to rent rooms to black patrons, in direct violation of the terms of the act.

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