Today in History, April 8: 1935 – Congress approved the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act, which would fund the Works Progress Administration. The WPA employed 8.5 million people in 1.4 million projects until it was disbanded in 1943. It only employed a quarter of the nation’s unemployed during the Great Depression and is still a matter of contention today. Was it socialism? Or a temporary fix for horrendous economic disaster? Whatever your opinion, it resulted in marked improvements to the nation’s infrastructure.