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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.

Generations later, President Warren Harding’s sudden death recalled

August 1, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

On the evening of August 2, 1923, President Warren Harding died in a San Francisco hotel room. Beyond that, the details of the president’s death remained murky for decades amidst rumors of scandal or even worse.

Marking the anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act

July 26, 2017 By NCC Staff

On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans With Disabilities Act, a landmark law made possible by one pioneering activist.

10 fascinating facts on the Postal Service’s birthday

July 26, 2017 By NCC Staff

On July 26, 1775, the Continental Congress created the Post Office, naming Benjamin Franklin as the first Postmaster General. Here’s a look at 10 fascinating facts about a unique American institution.

10 facts about the most famous scene in legal history

July 20, 2017 By NCC Staff

The legendary confrontation between William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow in the Scopes Monkey Trial took place on a hot Monday afternoon in July 1925. But the real clash of the cultural titans didn’t exactly match what was later popularized in movies and theater.

On this day, the Seneca Falls Convention begins

July 19, 2017 By Symone Mazzotta

On July 19, 1848, the first women's rights convention in the United States began at Wesleyan Chapel in Seneca Falls, New York.

The Burr vs. Hamilton duel happened 212 years ago today

July 11, 2017 By NCC Staff

Today marks the anniversary of the deadly duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. What caused the sitting vice president to duel a Founding Father on the cliffs overlooking New York City?

12 famous Americans killed, involved in duels

July 11, 2017 By NCC Staff

On the anniversary of the Burr-Hamilton duel, a look back at history shows the event wasn't unique when it came to early-19th-century squabbles.

The history of legal challenges to the Pledge of Allegiance

June 14, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

The Pledge of Allegiance to the United States' flag has been part of American life for generations, but not without some constitutional controversy.

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!

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