1945 A nationwide, wartime midnight curfew went into effect covering restaurants, bars and nightclubs. The curfew was enforced with reluctance in cities such as New York because it put people out of work and greatly displeased large portions of the electorate. 1998 A Texas jury rejected an $11 million defamation lawsuit by Texas cattlemen who blamed Oprah Winfrey for a drop in the price of beef after on-air comment about mad cow disease.