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Founding Fathers

Remembering William Henry Harrison: The most obscure President?

February 9, 2018 By NCC Staff

On February 9, 1773, future U.S. president William Henry Harrison was born in Virginia. The enigmatic Harrison is best known for his premature death in office. But the ninth president won his race in 1840 using tactics familiar to most of us today.

The man who wrote the words “We The People”

January 31, 2018 By NCC Staff

Today marks the birth of maybe the most colorful of all the Founding Fathers. It was Gouverneur Morris who put the finishing touches on the Constitution in 1787, and gave the words “We The People” to all Americans.

On this day: Shays’ rebellion was thwarted

January 25, 2018 By NCC Staff

On this day in 1787, Shays’ rebellion effectively ended in Springfield, Mass., when its forces failed to capture a federal armory. The uprising was one of the major influences in the calling of a Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.

Ben Franklin’s best inventions and innovations

January 17, 2018 By NCC Staff

In his day, Benjamin Franklin was Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison, Mark Zuckerberg, and Henry Ford, all rolled into one. Here’s a look at his most enduring innovations and inventions on January 17, Ben's birthday.

10 essential facts about Alexander Hamilton on his birthday

January 11, 2018 By NCC Staff

On this day in 1755 or 1757, Alexander Hamilton was born in the Caribbean. If you need a quick primer on Hamilton, here are the essential facts about him.

Thomas Paine: The original publishing viral superstar

January 10, 2018 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.

How Thomas Paine’s other pamphlet saved the Revolution

December 19, 2017 By NCC Staff

The publication of Thomas Paine’s Common Sense caused a sensation in early 1776 as it explained the need for freedom. But it was a second series of pamphlets published on December 19 of that year that inspire a huge American military victory.

On this day, The Boston Tea Party lights a fuse

December 16, 2017 By NCC Staff

On December 16, 1773, a group of Colonists destroyed a large British tea shipment in Boston harbor. So did this act of defiance light a fire that led to American independence within the next decade?

Eight basic facts about the Bill of Rights

December 15, 2017 By NCC Staff

As Constitution Daily counts down to December 15 and Bill of Rights day, we are looking at some fascinating facts about the iconic document. Today: Here are eight key facts about this enduring testament to liberty and freedom!

The mysterious death of George Washington

December 14, 2017 By NCC Staff

On December 14, 1799, George Washington died at his home after a brief illness and after losing about 40 percent of his blood. So what killed the 67-year-old former President?

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