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The day the Supreme Court killed Hollywood’s studio system

May 4, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

Today marks the anniversary of an important Supreme Court case that helped to end the Hollywood studio system and fuel a young television industry in the late 1940s.

J. Edgar Hoover: The library clerk who became America’s ‘most-powerful man’

May 2, 2019 By NCC Staff

On May 2, 1972, FBI director J. Edgar Hoover died of heart disease at a Washington hospital, ending his 48-year total control over the federal agency he managed and created. Hoover, a power unto himself, actually started his professional career as a librarian and used those skills to shape the FBI.

Discover 10 treasures from the Library of Congress

April 24, 2019 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 remarkable career of Charles Evans Hughes

April 11, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

On the anniversary of his birthday, Constitution Daily looks back at the career of Charles Evans Hughes, former Chief Justice and a man who lost the 1916 presidential election by 4,000 votes cast in California.

On this day, Patrick Henry’s most-famous quote

March 23, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

On March 23, 1775, Patrick Henry signaled the coming revolution when he spoke at a Virginia convention and allegedly implored: “Give me liberty, or give me death!”

A controversial executive order leads to internment camps

February 19, 2019 By NCC Staff

On this day in 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt issued his most-controversial executive order, an act that sent more than 100,000 people to government-controlled facilities because of their ethnicity.

Why Presidents Day isn’t really a national holiday

February 18, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

Millions of Americans will be honoring the legacy of America’s presidents on Monday—even though a national Presidents Day holiday is pure fiction. Officially, the holiday has another name.

Three stories of love in the White House

February 14, 2019 By NCC Staff

Yes, it’s Valentine’s Day and in a romantic tribute to couples everywhere, it’s time to turn back the pages to remember three unusual White House romances.

10 ways Abraham Lincoln remains in our daily lives

February 12, 2019 By NCC Staff

Abraham Lincoln, the man, was a national figure for a little less than a decade in his lifetime. But Lincoln, the legend, is a daily part of most American’s lives as a figure represented in currency, pop culture and our geography.

10 fascinating facts on President Ronald Reagan’s birthday

February 6, 2019 By NCC Staff

It’s the 108th birthday of Ronald Reagan, and since he was one of the most widely recognized world leaders, it’s not hard to find some interesting facts about the 40th President.

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