This Day in History: America Approves Reparations; Spider-Man Debuts; and John Saunders Passes

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The Amazing Spider-Man Debuts (1962)
On the 15th and final issue of Amazing Fantasy - released on Aug. 10, 1962; originally named Amazing Adult Fantasy - Spider-Man made his comic book debut.

Spider-Man, created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, was the first teen super-hero. He has since been featured in seven films since 2002, with at least two more appearances expected in upcoming Marvel's Avengers series. 

"With great power," read a textbox in Spider-Man's original comic. "there must also come great responsibility."

Civil Liberties Act passes, approving reparations for thousands (1988)
On August 10, 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act into law - paying reparations to thousands of Japanese-Americans for their prejudicial interment during World War II.

Over 100,000 Japanese-Americans, and some other Asian-Americans falsely labeled, were forced into camps by Executive Order 9066 - Franklin Delano Roosevelt's response to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, which took place just 10 weeks earlier.

Executive Order 9066 was supposed to minimize the effect of foreign spies, but only 10 Americans were convicted of spying for Japan during World War II; none of them were of Japanese-ancestry.

The Civil Liberties Act - a bypartisan bill, though supported more heavily by democrats - granted $20,000 to surviving citizen-internees. It passed with over approximately two-thirds majority in both the House and Senate.

Today, over 80,000 reparation-checks have been received, hoping to right a wrong created by "racial prejudice, war hysteria and a lack of political leadership," as determined by a congressional investigation into the camps.

John Saunders of ESPN dies (2016)
John Saunders, an accomplished sportscaster for ABC and ESPN, died on August 10, 2016.

Saunders spent 30 years at ESPN; hosting intellectual-analysis shows, such as Sports Reporters, and covering every sport from baseball to hockey.

Sanders, originally hired to anchor Sportscenter, was born in Ontario and became a collegiate hockey player at Western Michigan. He was also a founding member of the V Foundation for Cancer Research, a charity created in memory of North Carolina State University Basketball Coach Jim Valvano.

Saunders was one of the most genuinely appreciated people at ESPN, according to Dan Le Batard and Michael Wilbon, fellow personalities. He was a "generous and talented and beloved collegue," said ESPN's Hannah Storm. 

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