This Day @ Law
First US federal anti-narcotics legislation passed

On February 9, 1909, Congress passed the first federal legislation prohibiting narcotics. The "Act to Prohibit Importation and Use Of Opium" barred the importation of opium at other than specified ports and for other than medicinal use. Read a contemporary call for quick passage of the legislation just days before it passed the House.

Jamaica achieves full independence

On February 9, 1962, Jamaica left the Federation of the West Indies, becoming a fully-independent nation for the first time in its history. The country did, however, remain a member of the British Commonwealth of Nations.



Read the Constitution of Jamaica from the Georgetown University archives.