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This Day in Boston History
May 28th, 2001
this day, fifteen-term Congressman Joseph
Moakley died in office. In 1972 he ran for Congress as an Independent,
allowing him to bypass what promised to be a divisive Democratic primary
focused on mandatory bussing of students to achieve racial balance.
Among Mr. Moakley's accomplishments include bringing attention to corruption
in the US backed El
Salvadorian military, securing funding to begin Boston's "Bid
Dig". and chairing the House's influential Rule's committee.
In April of 2001 a federal court house named in Congressman Moakley's
honor was dedicated in South Boston.