Born: May 06, 1888 AD
Died: 1981 AD, at 92 years of age.
1888 - He was born on the 16th of May.
1924 - Celler made his first important speech on the House floor during consideration of the Johnson Immigration Act.
1940 - Celler opposed both the isolationists and the Franklin Delano Roosevelt administration by forcefully advocating that the United States relax immigration laws on an emergency basis to rescue those fleeing the Holocaust.
1943 - He called FDR's immigration policy "cold and cruel" and blasted the "glacier-like attitude" of the State Department.
1949 - He served As Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.
1950 - Celler was the target of attacks by Sen. Joseph McCarthy.
1952 - At the Democratic National Convention, Celler gave a speech in which he responded to Sen. McCarthy, saying:
1965 - In January, Celler proposed in the House the Twenty-Fifth Amendment, which clarifies an ambiguous provision of the Constitution regarding succession to the presidency.
- He proposed and steered to passage the Hart-Celler Act, which eliminated national origins as a consideration for immigration.
1981 - Emanuel Celler died on the 15th of January in his native Brooklyn at the age of 92.
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