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On this day, the Declaration of Independence is officially signed

August 2, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

August 2, 1776 is one of the most important but least celebrated days in American history, when 56 members of the Second Continental Congress started signing the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia.

10 fascinating facts about the Declaration of Independence

July 4, 2019 By NCC Staff

July 4th marks the annual holiday that celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. So how much do you know about this famous document?

When is the real Independence Day: July 2 or July 4?

July 2, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

There’s no doubt the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence in July 1776. But which date has the legitimate claim on Independence Day: July 2 or July 4?

The day the Constitution was ratified

June 21, 2019 By NCC Staff

On June 21, 1788, New Hampshire became the ninth and final state needed to ratify the Constitution.

10 fascinating facts about John Hancock

May 24, 2019 By NCC Staff

John Hancock and his signature are two of the best-known elements related to the Declaration of Independence. But how much do you know about the former president of the Continental Congress?

On this day in 1856: Violence on the U.S. Senate floor

May 22, 2019 By NCC Staff

A nearly fatal beating on the U.S. senate floor on this day in 1856 was another step toward a Civil War five years later. The attacker wasn’t an assassin—it was a fellow congressman.

Law Day: 10 famous people who were lawyers

May 1, 2019 By A. H. Nishikawa

May 1 is Law Day, an event that honors “liberty, justice and equality under law which our forefathers bequeathed” to the United States. Learn more about 10 famous people who studied the law, from Abraham Lincoln to Nelson Mandela.

The most underrated Founding Father: Oliver Ellsworth?

April 29, 2019 By NCC Staff

On the anniversary of Oliver Ellsworth’s birth, Constitution Daily looks back an important founder who helped forge a compromise that led to the Constitution, and later played important roles in the early Senate and Supreme Court.

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.

Five myths about the start of the Revolutionary War

April 19, 2019 By NCC Staff

The American Revolutionary War started on April 19, 1775 at the towns of Lexington and Concord. But how accurate are some of the key facts that have been handed down to us through the generations?

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