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On this day, we added the 50th state

August 21, 2017 By NCC Staff

Hawaii joined the Union on this day in 1959, an act that remains historically significant but not without controversy.

10 birthday facts about the 42nd president, Bill Clinton

August 19, 2017 By NCC Staff

August 19th marks the 71st birthday of former President Bill Clinton, whose eight-year term dominated the decade of the 1990s.

The vote that led to the 19th amendment

August 18, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

On the 97th anniversary of the 19th Amendment's ratification, we look back at a young politician whose unexpected vote in the Tennessee state legislature gave all women the right to vote.

On this day, the Sons of Liberty take over Boston

August 14, 2017 By NCC Staff

There were a lot of events that led to American Independence, but it was 252 years ago today that the seeds of revolution were planted in an angry Boston, when protesters let their feelings known about unjust taxes.

Hugo Black, unabashed partisan for the Constitution

August 12, 2017 By Nicandro Iannacci

On August 12, 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt nominated then-Senator Hugo Black of Alabama to the Supreme Court.

Five little-known men who almost became president

August 11, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

What do Benjamin Wade, Willie P. Mangum and John Nance Garner all have in common? If not for a last-second decision, or a twist of fate, they might have become Acting President of the United States, in an era before the 25th Amendment existed.

10 birthday facts about President Herbert Hoover

August 10, 2017 By NCC Staff

A millionaire businessman becomes President in this first try at an elected office. That’s one of 10 fascinating facts about Herbert Hoover, one of the most-interesting occupants of the White House.

The legacy of Watergate: Five ways life changed after the scandal

August 8, 2017 By NCC Staff

On August 8, 1974, Richard Nixon announced he would resign from office as a result of the Watergate scandal. But the effects of Watergate lingered on for years after the scandal.

10 fascinating facts about Watergate four decades later

August 8, 2017 By NCC Staff

On a June 17, 1972, police caught five men breaking into the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C. So how did a “third-rate burglary” escalate into a near constitutional crisis?

The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution and the limits of presidential power

August 7, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

It was 53 years ago today that a joint session of Congress approved the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, an act that led to the Vietnam War’s escalation and the eventual passage of another act seeking to curb presidential powers.

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