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Remembering the first black Cabinet member

January 13, 2019 By NCC Staff

Robert C. Weaver had a strong public record as a Civil Rights leader and a government official, but there was still controversy when he became the first black nominated to a Cabinet-level position on this day in 1966.

On this day, the first woman is directly elected to the Senate

January 12, 2019 By NCC Staff

On January 12, 1932, a recent widow became the first woman to win election to the United States Senate, when Hattie Ophelia Wyatt Caraway defeated two male opponents in a special race in Arkansas.

Thomas Paine: The original publishing viral superstar

January 10, 2019 By NCC Staff

On January 9, 1776, the publication of Thomas Paine’s Common Sense became the first viral mass communications event in America, an event so big that it still rivals today’s blockbuster movies and books.

10 fascinating facts about Richard Nixon

January 9, 2019 By NCC Staff

Richard Nixon was one of the best-known American politicians of the 20th century’s second half, and one of the most controversial. So how much do you know about the 37th President on the occasion of his birthday?

On this day, Theodore Roosevelt dies unexpectedly

January 6, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

On January 6, 1919, Theodore Roosevelt died suddenly in his sleep at the age of 60. Overlooked now is that fact that the former President was expected to run again for a third term the following year.

Happy statehood birthday, Alaska!

January 3, 2019 By NCC Staff

It was on this day in 1959 that Alaska was admitted to the union as the 49th state- ending a process that started 13 years earlier.

On this day: Panama regains the Panama Canal

December 31, 2018 By NCC Staff

On December 31, 1999, the United States officially handed the Panama Canal over to Panama’s government, ending a long saga that had started a century and a half earlier.

Is Andrew Johnson the worst president in American history?

December 29, 2018 By NCC Staff

Today marks the birthday of perhaps the most-maligned president in American history. But was Andrew Johnson really that bad, or just the target of some second-guessing historians?

10 fascinating facts about Woodrow Wilson

December 28, 2018 By NCC Staff

On the occasion of his birthday, Constitution Daily looks at some unusual facts related to one of the more controversial Presidents, Woodrow Wilson.

Three other big historical events that happened on Christmas Day

December 25, 2018 By NCC Staff

December 25 is celebrated in parts of the world as Christmas Day, as a religious holiday (commemorating the birth of Jesus) and a secular holiday. It’s also a big day for other events in American history.

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