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Discover 10 treasures from the Library of Congress

April 24, 2018 By NCC Staff

Since its establishment on April 24, 1800, the Library of Congress has grown to become the largest library in the world, with more than 155.3 million items in its holdings. Here’s a look at 10 of the most fascinating pieces.

The day when America moved toward becoming a global power

April 21, 2018 By NCC Staff

On April 21, 1898, Spain broke off diplomatic relations with the United States in a long-simmering dispute over Cuba. The brief war that followed would have permanent implications for American foreign policy, and push the formerly isolationist power on to the global stage.

It was 228 years ago today: Benjamin Franklin died in Philadelphia

April 17, 2018 By NCC Staff

Today marks the 228th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin’s death, which drew many different responses from the citizens of Philadelphia (who mourned in droves) and the U.S. Senate (which refused to mourn Franklin).

Tax Day trivia: Why do we have the IRS (and other factoids)?

April 15, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

April 15 is usually marked each year as the traditional day people need to file their taxes, so it’s not exactly celebrated as a holiday. But how did April 15 become the big day--and how did we get the IRS in the first place?

The forgotten man who almost became President after Lincoln

April 15, 2018 By NCC Staff

On April 15, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln died from his assassin’s wounds. But if John Wilkes Booth’s plot were entirely successful, a little-known senator may have been thrust into the White House for almost a year.

10 interesting facts about Abraham Lincoln’s assassination

April 14, 2018 By NCC Staff

It was 153 years ago when President Abraham Lincoln was shot while watching a play at Ford’s Theater. Lincoln died the next morning, and in the aftermath, some odd facts seemed to pop up.

10 facts about Thomas Jefferson for his birthday

April 13, 2018 By NCC Staff

Thomas Jefferson is celebrating another birthday today, and we have 10 interesting facts about the versatile Founding Father.

Looking back at the day FDR died

April 12, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

On April 12, 1945, the 32nd president of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, died in Georgia. Harry Truman along with an entire nation was stunned by Roosevelt’s unexpected passing.

On This Day, Lee surrenders at Appomattox

April 9, 2018 By NCC Staff

On a Palm Sunday 153 years ago today, Confederate General Robert E. Lee agreed to surrender his Army of Northern Virginia, marking a symbolic end to the Civil War.

The constitutional origins of National Beer Day

April 7, 2018 By NCC Staff

April 7 is a day celebrated nationally by beer lovers as a big anniversary near the end of Prohibition in 1933, when legal beer sales returned in the United States for the first time in 13 years.

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