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10 fascinating facts about Watergate

August 8, 2019 By NCC Staff

On June 17, 1972, police caught five men breaking into the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C. So how did a “third-rate burglary” escalate into a near constitutional crisis?

The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution and the limits of presidential power

August 7, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

It was 55 years ago today that a joint session of Congress approved the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, an act that led to the Vietnam War’s escalation and the eventual passage of another act seeking to curb presidential powers.

Generations later, President Warren Harding’s sudden death recalled

August 1, 2019 By NCC Staff

On the evening of August 2, 1923, President Warren Harding died in a San Francisco hotel room. Beyond that, the details of the president’s death remained murky for decades amidst rumors of scandal or even worse.

Andrew Johnson: The most-criticized president ever?

July 31, 2019 By NCC Staff

Today marks the anniversary of the passing of Andrew Johnson, perhaps the most-criticized president in American history.

Gerald Ford’s unique role in American history

July 14, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

Today is the birthday of the late former President, Gerald R. Ford, who went from being a college football star to the White House under the most unusual circumstances.

Three Presidents Die on July 4th: Just a Coincidence?

July 4, 2019 By NCC Staff

It is a fact of American history that three of the five Founding Father Presidents died on Independence Day. But was it just a coincidence?

How Aaron Burr changed the Constitution

June 15, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

Former vice president Aaron Burr usually isn’t credited as a Founding Father, but there is one instance where Burr directly helped to change the Constitution by forcing the passage of the 12th amendment.

10 fascinating birthday facts about President John F. Kennedy

May 29, 2019 By NCC Staff

On the occasion of President John F. Kennedy's birthday, here's a look at one of the most documented figures of the 20th century.

Lincoln and Taney’s great writ showdown

May 28, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

On May 28, 1861, Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney directly challenged President Abraham Lincoln’s wartime suspension of the great writ of habeas corpus, in a national constitutional showdown.

On this day, Supreme Court invalidates key FDR program

May 27, 2019 By NCC Staff

On May 28, 1935, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down an important part of President Franklin Roosevelt’s NIRA plan, when the Court invalidated poultry industry regulations.

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