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When the Supreme Court ruled to allow American flag burning

June 21, 2019 By NCC Staff

On June 21, 1989, a deeply divided United States Supreme Court upheld the rights of protesters to burn the American flag in a landmark First Amendment decision.

The day the Constitution was ratified

June 21, 2019 By NCC Staff

On June 21, 1788, New Hampshire became the ninth and final state needed to ratify the Constitution.

On this day, Congress passes the Civil Rights Act

June 19, 2019 By NCC Staff

On June 19, 1964, the Senate ended a long debate, overcoming a record-setting filibuster to join the House in approving the Civil Rights Act. The landmark law was a turning point in American history, as it addressed discrimination and segregation on a national level.

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Looking at America’s forgotten War of 1812

June 18, 2019 By NCC Staff

On June 18, 1812, President James Madison signed a resolution, approved in Congress, declaring war against Great Britain. Over the next two and half years, both sides engaged in bitter contests, and the war ended with much unchanged between the two countries.

On this day, the Statue of Liberty arrives in America

June 17, 2019 By NCC Staff

It’s hard to imagine America without the Statue of Liberty, but the icon of freedom didn’t make its first full appearance in New York until June 17, 1885.

How much do you know about the American flag?

June 14, 2019 By NCC Staff

In honor of Flag Day, here are 10 fascinating facts about the Stars and Stripes that may surprise you!

On this day, Congress approved the 14th Amendment

June 13, 2019 By NCC Staff

On June 13, 1866, the House approved a Senate-proposed version of the 14th Amendment, sending it to the states for approval. Two years later, the ratified statement became a constitutional cornerstone.

On this day: Supreme Court rejects anti-interracial marriage laws

June 12, 2019 By NCC Staff

On June 12, 1967, the Supreme Court issued its Loving v. Virginia decision, which struck down laws that banned inter-racial marriages as unconstitutional. Here is a brief recap of this landmark civil rights case.

On this day, a committee forms to write the Declaration of Independence

June 11, 2019 By NCC Staff

On June 11, 1776, the Second Continental Congress asked five delegates to write the draft version of the Declaration of Independence. This excerpt from Jeffrey Rosen and David Rubenstein's pamphlet from our “Constituting Liberty” exhibit puts the Declaration of Independence in context, including Thomas Jefferson's role.

On this day, a win for ‘stop and frisk’

June 10, 2019 By NCC Staff

On June 10, 1968, the Court ruled that a police officer may stop and search a citizen on the street if the officer has "reasonable suspicion" that the citizen is armed or involved in a crime.

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