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Founding Fathers

Ben Franklin’s best inventions and innovations

January 17, 2019 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.

On this day, Congress beats deadline to end Revolutionary War

January 14, 2019 By NCC Staff

On January 14, 1784, the Continental Congress barely met a deadline to ratify the Treaty of Paris, which officially ended the Revolutionary War.

10 essential facts about Alexander Hamilton on his birthday

January 11, 2019 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, 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.

How Thomas Paine’s other pamphlet saved the Revolution

December 19, 2018 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 inspired a huge American military victory.

On this day, The Boston Tea Party lights a fuse

December 16, 2018 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, 2018 By NCC Staff

Here are eight key facts about this enduring testament to liberty and freedom!

The mysterious death of George Washington

December 14, 2018 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?

On this day, the Constitution’s other George is born

December 11, 2018 By NCC Staff

During the 1787 Constitutional Convention, two Georges commanded much attention at Philadelphia: George Washington and his Virginia neighbor, George Mason. In the end, Mason refused to sign the new Constitution, an act that led in part to the Bill of Rights becoming a reality.

Happy birthday to the Founders’ painter, Gilbert Stuart

December 3, 2018 By NCC Staff

It’s quite possible that many Americans have seen the art work of Gilbert Stuart more than any other painter. But what do you really know about the Founding-era artist?

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