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Five myths about the start of the Revolutionary War

April 19, 2019 By NCC Staff

The American Revolutionary War started on April 19, 1775 at the towns of Lexington and Concord. But how accurate are some of the key facts that have been handed down to us through the generations?

On this day, Benjamin Franklin dies in Philadelphia

April 17, 2019 By NCC Staff

Today marks the 229th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin’s death, which drew many different responses from the citizens of Philadelphia (who mourned in droves) and the U.S. Senate (which refused to mourn Franklin).

The changing narrative on the death penalty

April 15, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

Contributor Lyle Denniston looks at how the core meaning of the Eighth Amendment’s ban on “cruel and unusual punishment” could be changing.

Tax Day trivia: Why do we have the IRS (and other factoids)?

April 15, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

April 15 is usually marked each year as the traditional deadline for filing taxes, so it’s not exactly celebrated as a holiday. But how did April 15 become the big day--and how did we get the IRS in the first place?

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