March 3 - 1873 - The Comstock Law is Passed by Congress
The Act for the "Suppression of Trade in, and Circulation of, Obscene Literature and Articles of Immoral Use" was brought about by the singular person of Anthony Comstock, who also took charge of enforcing the law. Comstock was days shy of turning 29 when the law passed in 1873 and was simply a very engaged and concerned citizen on the topic of obscene materials. The law forbid anything related to sex, birth control, or "obscenity" from being put in the mail, which was effectively banning all of it. Comstock was put in charge of enforcing this law, because he helped make the Congress aware of what he saw as a problem and was a vocal opponent of anything mentioning sex. As a "Postal Inspector," Comstock shined by going after anyone and everyone he believed was disseminating lewd materials. Comstock would continue in this role until his death in 1915. He would brag about destroying millions of images and literally tons of books, while also acknowledging his efforts were responsible for more than fifteen suicides of people he prosecuted.