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How Americans fought to restore Veterans Day to November 11

November 11, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

Millions of Americans will take time out to honor our military on the traditional time of 11:11 a.m. on November 11. But there was a time when Congress tried to move the holiday, only to face several years of strong public resistance.

Semper Fi! Happy birthday to the Marine Corps

November 10, 2018 By NCC Staff

It was on this day in 1775 that the Continental Congress officially created the Marines to lead the fight “on land and at sea” for independence from the British.

It was 158 years ago today: Abraham Lincoln is elected President

November 6, 2018 By NCC Staff

On November 6, 1860, voters in the United States went to the polls in an election that ended with Abraham Lincoln as President, in an act that that led to the Civil War. But Lincoln’s actual victory didn’t happen on that day, and his victory wasn’t assured for months.

FDR’s third-term election and the 22nd amendment

November 5, 2018 By NCC Staff

On November 5, 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt won a third term in office in an unprecedented act that would be barred by a constitutional amendment a decade later.

Two Presidents share the same birthday, but little else

November 2, 2018 By NCC Staff

Presidents James Knox Polk and Warren Gamaliel Harding have one thing in common aside from a stay in the White House: the same November 2 birthday. Beyond that, the men took different paths in their public lives.

10 little-known facts about the ultimate patriot, John Adams

October 30, 2018 By NCC Staff

John Adams is one of the pivotal figures in American history, as a political philosopher, patriot, statesman, father – and the second President of the United States. So how much do you know this essential Founding Father on his birthday?

Happy birthday to the Statue of Liberty!

October 28, 2018 By NCC Staff

It’s hard to imagine America without the Statue of Liberty, but the icon of freedom didn’t make official public debut until this day in 1886.

10 little-known facts about President Theodore Roosevelt

October 27, 2018 By NCC Staff

Theodore Roosevelt was one of most dynamic Presidents in White House history, and on the occasion of his birthday, here are 10 fascinating facts about the 26th President.

On This Day: The first Federalist Paper is published

October 27, 2018 By Lana Ulrich

On October 27, 1787, the first of the Federalist Papers is published in support of the newly signed Constitution.

On This Day: Senate rejects Robert Bork for the Supreme Court

October 23, 2018 By NCC Staff

On October 23, 1987, the United States Senate held one of the most-controversial votes on a Supreme Court nominee in its history, when it rejected Robert Bork’s appointment.

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