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James Buchanan’s troubled legacy as President

April 23, 2019 By NCC Staff

April 23 marks the birthday of James Buchanan, the man regarded by many historians as one of the worst presidents of all time. So what did Buchanan do to earn the disrespect of so many people?

The forgotten man who almost became President after Lincoln

April 15, 2019 By NCC Staff

On April 15, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln died from his assassin’s wounds. But if John Wilkes Booth’s plot were entirely successful, a little-known senator may have been thrust into the White House for almost a year.

10 interesting facts about Abraham Lincoln’s assassination

April 14, 2019 By NCC Staff

It was 154 years ago today when President Abraham Lincoln was shot while watching a play at Ford’s Theater. Lincoln died the next morning, and in the aftermath, some odd facts seemed to pop up.

10 fascinating facts about Grover Cleveland, the only double President

March 18, 2019 By NCC Staff

Grover Cleveland stands alone in American history as the only President to serve non-consecutive terms. On the anniversary of his birth, here’s a look at one of most fascinating White House occupants.

10 fascinating birthday facts about James Madison

March 16, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

James Madison, the father of the Constitution, has a birthday today. How much do you know about the fourth President?

10 birthday facts about President Andrew Jackson

March 15, 2019 By NCC Staff

Andrew Jackson, the seventh president, has a birthday today. But how much do you know about one of the most controversial presidents?

The man who delivered California to the U.S., and was fired for it

March 10, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

On March 10, 1848, the Senate approved a treaty that led to California and much of the Southwest joining the United States. But the man who negotiated the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was promptly fired on his return to Washington.

How one telegram helped to lead America toward war

February 26, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

On this day in 1917, President Woodrow Wilson learned of a shocking piece of paper that made America’s entry into World War I inevitable. And current research shows the Americans didn’t know everything German diplomats intended.

Fascinating facts about George Washington for his real birthday

February 22, 2019 By NCC Staff

The national holiday called Washington's Birthday may have passed, but today is George Washington’s real 286th birthday. Here are interesting facts about the first president, including his wealth, his career as a distiller, and the truth about those teeth.

Constitutional fight over Trump border wall begins

February 19, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

A group of 16 states asked a federal court in California on Monday night to block the federal government from building a wall along the border between the U.S. and Mexico unless Congress explicitly approves money to pay for it.

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