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Remembering the day Pennsylvania ratified the Constitution

December 12, 2017 By NCC Staff

December 12 is a big anniversary for those of us in Pennsylvania: It’s the day the James Wilson led an emotional effort to approve the proposed U.S. constitution in the Keystone state, in a big step toward the eventual ratification of our Founding document.

When Congress last used its powers to declare war

December 8, 2017 By NCC Staff

Today marks an important anniversary in American history: the congressional declaration of war on Japan on December 8, 1941. But since then, Congress has rarely used its constitutional power formally issue a war declaration.

Happy birthday to the Founders’ painter, Gilbert Stuart

December 3, 2017 By NCC Staff

It’s quite possible that many Americans have seen the art work of Gilbert Stuart more than any other painter. But what do you really know about the Founding-era artist?

On this day: The Senate censures Joseph McCarthy

December 2, 2017 By NCC Staff

December 2 is a landmark day in Senate history, marking that chamber’s historic censure of Joseph McCarthy for his conduct during public hearings.

On this day, Rosa Parks wouldn’t give up her bus seat

December 1, 2017 By NCC Staff

Today marks the 62nd anniversary of Rosa Parks’ decision to sit down for her rights on a Montgomery, Alabama, bus, putting the effort to end segregation on a fast track.

On this day, the Amistad captives return home

November 25, 2017 By NCC Staff

On November 25, 1841, 35 former slaves returned home to West Africa, after a Supreme Court decision, won by former United States President John Quincy Adams, secured their freedom.

Remembering Zachary Taylor: Military hero, obscure President

November 24, 2017 By NCC Staff

On November 24, 1784, future President Zachary Taylor was born in Virginia. Taylor became an unexpected obstacle to slavery’s expansion, until his sudden death in 1850.

10 fascinating facts about Robert F. Kennedy

November 20, 2017 By NCC Staff

On this day in 1925, Robert F. Kennedy was born in Brookline, Mass. Kennedy was one of the seminal figures of the 1960s and led a very public life before he was fatally shot on June 5, 1968, at a Los Angeles hotel.

Chester Alan Arthur’s brave, short presidency

November 18, 2017 By NCC Staff

Fewer leaders had lower public expectations than Chester Alan Arthur, but fewer people knew the 21st President was dealing with a terminal illness while he pressed for government reforms and tax cuts during one term in office.

10 reasons why America’s first constitution failed

November 17, 2017 By NCC Staff

It was 240 years ago today that the Articles of Confederation, the first American constitution, was sent to the 13 states for consideration. It didn’t last a decade, for some obvious reasons.

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