First Law Day celebrated

On May 1, 1958, the US celebrated [PDF] the first Law Day, as designated by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Congress eventually passed legislation making Law Day an official day for celebrating the law. In his statement, President Eisenhower said, "The people of this nation should remember with pride and and vigilantly guard the great heritage of liberty, justice, and equality under the law that our forefathers bequeathed us." The first of May was intentionally chosen to coincide with May Day, a holiday associated with socialist nations. The Law Day tradition continues today, with annual commemorations by the Library of Congress and the American Bar Association, among others.

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