On August 22, 1996, President Bill Clinton signed
Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act into law. The Act
fundamentally reformed the American welfare system, putting an
emphasis on work requirements for those receiving federal
assistance. The new law also limited most recipients to no more than
5 years on welfare and shifted money provided to states to the form
of block grants, which the states could use to set their own
criteria for welfare recipients.
Learn more about welfare reform from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
On August 22, 1864, twelve nations signed the first
Geneva Convention protecting vulnerable persons in times of
Review the text of the Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded in Armies in the Field and learn more about the modern Geneva Conventions from the American Red Cross.