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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.

Examining the legacy of Chief Justice Warren Burger

June 9, 2019 By NCC Staff

On June 9, 1969, a near unanimous Senate confirmed federal judge Warren Burger as Chief Justice of the United States, starting a 17-year tenure marked by landmark Court decisions.

On this day: James Madison introduces the Bill of Rights

June 8, 2019 By NCC Staff

On June 8, 1789, James Madison addressed the House of Representatives and introduced a proposed Bill of Rights to the Constitution. More than three months later, Congress would finally agree on a final list to present to the states.

Olmstead case was a watershed for Supreme Court

June 4, 2019 By NCC Staff

Today marks the anniversary of the landmark Olmstead v. United States wiretapping case decided by the Supreme Court, which had a far-reaching impact still felt today.

An important landmark anniversary for the National Guard

June 3, 2019 By NCC Staff

It was on this day 103 years ago that the National Guard officially got its name after Congress passed an important, if not overlooked, act to strengthen our military.

On this day, all Indians made United States citizens

June 2, 2019 By NCC Staff

On June 2, 1924, President Calvin Coolidge signed into law the Indian Citizenship Act, which marked the end of a long debate and struggle, at a federal level, over full birthright citizenship for American Indians.

On this day, Louis D. Brandeis confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice

June 1, 2019 By NCC Staff

It was on this day in 1916 that the Senate voted to confirm attorney Louis Brandeis to the Supreme Court, ending an ugly and hard-fought fight over his nomination.

A future American president’s deadly duel

May 30, 2019 By NCC Staff

On this day in 1806, future President Andrew Jackson nearly died in a duel when he killed his opponent, a fellow plantation owner.

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