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10 fascinating facts about the world’s biggest law firm

June 22, 2017 By NCC Staff

The Department of Justice was created on this day in 1870. Here’s a quick look at what’s commonly called the biggest law firm in the world.

The day the Constitution was ratified

June 21, 2017 By NCC Staff

On June 21, 1788, New Hampshire became the ninth and final state needed to ratify the Constitution.

Why we don’t have a turkey on our Great Seal

June 20, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

Today is the 235th birthday of the Great Seal of the United States. So how close did we really come to having a turkey instead of an eagle as our national symbol?

Looking at America’s forgotten War of 1812

June 18, 2017 By NCC Staff

On June 18, 1812, President James Madison signed a resolution, approved in Congress, declaring war against Great Britain. Over the next two and half years, both sides engaged in bitter contests, and the war ended with much unchanged between the two nations.

On this day, the Statue of Liberty arrives in America

June 17, 2017 By NCC Staff

It’s hard to imagine America without the Statue of Liberty, but the icon of freedom didn’t make its first full appearance in New York until June 17, 1885.

How much do you know about the American flag?

June 14, 2017 By NCC Staff

In honor of Flag Day, here are 10 fascinating facts about Stars and Stripes that may surprise you!

On this day, Congress approved the 14th Amendment

June 13, 2017 By NCC Staff

On June 13, 1866, the House approved a Senate-proposed version of the 14th Amendment, sending it to the states for approval. Two years later, the ratified statement became a constitutional cornerstone.

Examining the legacy of Chief Justice Warren Burger

June 9, 2017 By NCC Staff

On June 9, 1969, a near unanimous Senate confirmed federal judge Warren Burger as Chief Justice of the United States, starting a 17-year tenure marked by landmark Court decisions.

On This Day: James Madison introduces the Bill of Rights

June 8, 2017 By NCC Staff

On June 8, 1789, James Madison addressed the House of Representatives and introduced a proposed Bill of Rights to the Constitution. More than three months later, Congress would finally agree on a final list to present to the states.

Recalling the Supreme Court’s historic statement on contraception and privacy

June 7, 2017 By Nicandro Iannacci

It was on this day in 1965 that the Supreme Court ruled in a landmark case about contraception use by married couples that laid the groundwork for a constitutional “right to privacy” in the United States.

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