National Security Act Amendment reorganizes U.S. military

On August 10, 1949, the National Security Act Amendment was signed into law. It replaced the Department of War with the Department of Defense (DoD) and pulled all military service branches directly under the supervision of the DoD.

Learn more about the National Security Act from the U.S. State Department.

President Reagan authorized compensation for Japanese-Americans interned during World War II

On August 10, 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill that provided payments of $20,000 to Japanese-Americans who were sent to internment camps by the US government during World War II.

Learn more about the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which also included a formal apology by Congress for what it called a "grave injustice."

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