On this day: August 22

POSTED: 03:42 PM PDT Aug 20, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Aug 21, 2016 

Teddy Roosevelt goes for a historic ride, tennis player Althea Gibson breaks racial barriers, The Supremes hit No. 1 for the first time, and Nolan Ryan notches his 5,000 career strikeout, all on this day.

OTD August 22 - Welfare reform
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U.S. Social Security Administration

1996: Bill Clinton signs welfare reform into law in the form of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act, representing a major shift in U.S. welfare policy. The bill, which was a cornerstone of the Republican Contract with America, added a workforce development component to welfare legislation, encouraging employment among the poor.


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