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A birthday tribute to the Founding Father of gerrymandering

July 17, 2018 By NCC Staff

It’s the birthday of a Founding Father whose name you know today as part of a controversial political term.

How Philadelphia lost the nation’s capital to Washington

July 16, 2018 By NCC Staff

It’s a sad day for some historically minded Philadelphians: It's the anniversary of the congressional act that moved the nation’s capital from their city to Washington, D.C.

Gerald Ford’s unique role in American history

July 14, 2018 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.

10 facts about John Quincy Adams on his birthday

July 11, 2018 By Nicandro Iannacci

Though he served for only one term, the scion of John and Abigail Adams left an indelible mark on American history.

10 Supreme Court cases about the 14th Amendment

July 9, 2018 By NCC Staff

On the 150th anniversary of the 14th Amendment's ratification, Constitution Daily looks at 10 historic Supreme Court cases about due process and equal protection under the law.

10 fascinating facts about the Liberty Bell

July 8, 2018 By NCC Staff

On July 8, 1776, popular legend says the Liberty Bell rang to symbolize America’s independence from Great Britain. But many “facts” about the Bell, such as the 1776 ringing, are shrouded in mystery.

The Constitution signer who was impeached and expelled

July 7, 2018 By NCC Staff

William Blount is one of the lesser-known men who signed the Constitution, but one of the most controversial, since he put a key part of the founding document to a critical test less than a decade after it was ratified.

On this day, the Republican Party names its first candidates

July 6, 2018 By NCC Staff

On July 6, 1854, disgruntled voters in a new political party named its first candidates to contest the Democrats over the issue of slavery. Within six and one-half years, the newly christened Republican Party would control the White House and Congress as the Civil War began.

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

July 4, 2018 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?

Looking back: George Carlin and the Supreme Court

July 3, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

On July 3, 1978, the Supreme Court issued its historic verdict in the George Carlin “seven dirty words” case, a decision that still holds sway over the use of indecent and obscene language on television, and in a new era of mass communications.

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