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Founding Fathers

The seeds of Revolution: The Stamp Act protests in Boston

March 22, 2017 By NCC Staff

It was 252 years ago today that the British Parliament signed the Stamp Act, a move that lit the fuse for a revolution in the American colonies that burned for a decade.

A salute to the four Founding Fathers born in Ireland

March 17, 2017 By NCC Staff

When the Constitutional Convention met in Philadelphia in 1787, half of its foreign-born delegates were born in Ireland. For St. Patrick’s Day, here’s a look at these mostly forgotten figures.

On this day, the Boston Massacre lights the fuse of revolution

March 5, 2017 By Chris Calabrese

On March 5, 1770, British soldiers fired upon a group of rowdy colonists, killing five and wounding others.

On this day, our first, flawed Constitution went into effect

March 1, 2017 By NCC Staff

On this day in 1781, the Articles of Confederation, our first constitution, became the official law of the land. It didn’t last a decade, for some obvious reasons.

Fascinating facts about George Washington for his real birthday

February 22, 2017 By NCC Staff

The national holiday called Washington's Birthday may have passed, but today is George Washington’s real 285th birthday. Here are interesting facts about the first president, including his wealth, his career as a distiller, and the truth about those teeth.

10 fascinating facts about the Washington Monument

February 21, 2017 By NCC Staff

The iconic Washington Monument is celebrating its 132nd birthday today. Learn how it took 40 years to complete the project, and the surprising connections it has to the Pope, Abraham Lincoln, and the Constitution.

Remembering William Henry Harrison: The most obscure President?

February 9, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 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.

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