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10 birthday facts about President James Monroe

April 28, 2019 By NCC Staff

James Monroe was the only president, aside from George Washington, to run unopposed for re-election. But that may not be the most surprising fact about the last Founding Father to occupy the White House.

On this day, Supreme Court Justice William Brennan is born

April 25, 2019 By NCC Staff

On April 25, 1906, future Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan was born in New Jersey. During his nearly 34 years at the Court, Brennan wrote the second-most opinions in the Court’s history, including several landmark majority decisions.

Discover 10 treasures from the Library of Congress

April 24, 2019 By NCC Staff

Since its establishment on April 24, 1800, the Library of Congress has grown to become the largest library in the world, with more than 155.3 million items in its holdings. Here’s a look at 10 of the most fascinating pieces.

James Buchanan’s troubled legacy as President

April 23, 2019 By NCC Staff

April 23 marks the birthday of James Buchanan, the man regarded by many historians as one of the worst presidents of all time. So what did Buchanan do to earn the disrespect of so many people?

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.

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