Constitution Daily

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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.

The constitutional origins of National Beer Day

April 7, 2019 By NCC Staff

April 7 is a day celebrated nationally by beer lovers as a big anniversary near the end of Prohibition in 1933, when legal beer sales returned in the United States for the first time in 13 years.

Happy birthday to First United States Congress

April 6, 2019 By NCC Staff

On this day in 1789, the First Congress under our current Constitution met in its first joint session in New York and undertook an important order of business: confirming George Washington’s election as President.

The day that Martin Luther King Jr. died

April 4, 2019 By NCC Staff

It was 51 years ago today that civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was killed by an assassin’s bullet in Memphis. The world has changed greatly since 1968, but King’s message survives intact.

On this day, Jeannette Rankin’s history-making moment

April 2, 2019 By NCC Staff

It was on April 2, 1917 that Jeanette Rankin became the first woman in Congress. But within days, she became the target of national scorn for voting against America’s entry into World War I.

The Alaska purchase: Folly or good fortune?

March 30, 2019 By NCC Staff

On this day in 1867, United States Secretary of State William Seward signed a deal acquiring Alaska, an agreement that was ridiculed by some as “Seward’s Folly” and opposed in the House.

The most obscure Amendment?

March 29, 2019 By NCC Staff

On March 29, 1961, Ohio and Kansas voted to ratify the Constitution’s 23rd Amendment. Today, that amendment remains obscure and still controversial to a small, but critical, group of Americans.

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