During the Civil War, Confederate guerilla bands were authorized under the law.

  • The Irregulars Regulation Act
  • The Legal Guerilla Act
  • The Partisan Ranger Act
  • The Ranger and Guerilla Authorization Act

Today in History: Born on May 25

1803

Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist and philosopher.

1878

Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, tap dancer.

1886

Philip Murray, American labor leader, founder of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO).

1889

Igor Sikorsky, American aviation engineer who developed the first successful helicopter.

1898

Bennett Cerf, publisher, founder of Random House.

1898

Gene Tunney, heavyweight boxing champion.

1908

Theodore Roethke, poet.

1926

Miles Davis, American jazz trumpeter.

1929

Beverly Sills, opera singer.

1932

John Gregory Dunne, novelist and journalist.

1938

Raymond Carver, American writer.

1949

Jamaica Kincaid, author (Annie John, Lucy).