A Blast From The Past

Today is Oct. 15.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Monday, Oct. 15, the 288th day of 2001 with 77 to follow.
By United Press International

A Blast From The Past

Today is Oct. 6.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Saturday, Oct. 6, the 279th day of 2001 with 86 to follow.
By United Press International

O'Connor pivotal in coming battles

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- The Supreme Court began a new term Monday that will probably be marked by a battle between its liberal and conservative wings for the heart and mind of Justice
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Clarence Thomas
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, author of "My Grandfather's Son," discusses his book with the Federalist Society in Washington on November 15, 2007. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)

Clarence Thomas (born June 23, 1948) is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Succeeding Thurgood Marshall, Thomas is the second African American to serve on the Court.

Thomas grew up in Georgia and was educated at the College of the Holy Cross and at Yale Law School. In 1974, he was appointed an Assistant Attorney General in Missouri and subsequently practiced law there in the private sector. In 1979, he became a legislative assistant to Missouri Senator John Danforth and in 1981 was appointed Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education. In 1982, President Ronald Reagan appointed Thomas Chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and he served in that position until 1990, when President George H. W. Bush nominated him for a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

On July 1, 1991, after one year and four months of service on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, Thomas was nominated by Bush to fill Marshall's seat on the United States Supreme Court. Thomas's confirmation hearings were bitter and intensely fought, centering on an accusation that he had made unwelcome sexual comments to attorney Anita Hill, a subordinate at the Department of Education and subsequently at the EEOC. The U.S. Senate ultimately confirmed Thomas by a vote of 52–48.

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