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The day when America moved toward becoming a global power

April 21, 2019 By NCC Staff

On April 21, 1898, Spain broke off diplomatic relations with the United States in a long-simmering dispute over Cuba. The brief war that followed would have permanent implications for American foreign policy and push the formerly isolationist power on to the global stage.

Happy birthday, Justice John Paul Stevens

April 20, 2019 By NCC Staff

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is celebrating a big milestone today, as the Chicago native turns 98 years old.

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 forgotten man who almost became President after Lincoln

April 15, 2019 By NCC Staff

On April 15, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln died from his assassin’s wounds. But if John Wilkes Booth’s plot were entirely successful, a little-known senator may have been thrust into the White House for almost a year.

10 interesting facts about Abraham Lincoln’s assassination

April 14, 2019 By NCC Staff

It was 154 years ago today when President Abraham Lincoln was shot while watching a play at Ford’s Theater. Lincoln died the next morning, and in the aftermath, some odd facts seemed to pop up.

10 facts about Thomas Jefferson for his birthday

April 13, 2019 By NCC Staff

On the occasion of Thomas Jefferson's birthday, we have 10 interesting facts about the versatile Founding Father.

On this day, Supreme Court hears Loving arguments

April 10, 2019 By NCC Staff

On April 10, 1967, the United States Supreme Court held oral arguments in a landmark case about a Virginia law that said marriages between blacks and whites should be treated as a felony.

On this day, Lee surrenders at Appomattox

April 9, 2019 By NCC Staff

On this day, Confederate General Robert E. Lee agreed to surrender his Army of Northern Virginia, marking a symbolic end to the Civil War.

On this day, the 17th Amendment is ratified

April 8, 2019 By NCC Staff

On April 8, 1913, Connecticut became the 36th state to ratify the Constitution’s 17th Amendment. Learn about the only amendment to change the structure of Congress from National Constitution Center’s Interactive Constitution and scholars David N. Schleicher and Todd J. Zywicki.

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