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On this day: Panama regains the Panama Canal

On December 31, 1999, the United States officially handed the Panama Canal over to Panama’s government, ending a long saga that…

Dec 31

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The Gadsden Purchase and a failed attempt at a southern railroad

On December 30, 1853, a treaty was signed where Mexico sold the United States 29,000 square miles of territory for what eventually…

Dec 30

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10 fascinating facts about Woodrow Wilson

On the occasion of his birthday, Constitution Daily looks at some unusual facts related to one of the more controversial…

Dec 28

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Remembering the Supreme Court’s first dissenter

On December 27, 1771, future Supreme Court Justice William Johnson, Jr., was born in South Carolina. Johnson has attracted a…

Dec 27

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On this day, Woodrow Wilson seizes the nation’s railroads

One of the broadest acts of presidential power happened on this day in 1917, when President Woodrow Wilson issued an order for the…

Dec 26

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America’s “forgotten war” ended on this day, and few people knew

On December 24, 1814, the Treaty of Ghent officially ended the War of 1812, but the delayed news couldn't stop nearly 1,000…

Dec 24

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On this day, the Louisiana Purchase is completed

Life in the newly formed United States changed forever on December 20, 1803 when the American flag flew over New Orleans,…

Dec 20

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How Thomas Paine’s other pamphlet saved the Revolution

The publication of Thomas Paine’s Common Sense caused a sensation in early 1776 as it explained the need for freedom. But it was…

Dec 19

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On this day, the Supreme Court issues the Korematsu decision

In December 1944, the Supreme Court handed down one of its most controversial decisions, which upheld the constitutionality of…

Dec 18

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On this day, The Boston Tea Party lights a fuse

On December 16, 1773, a group of Colonists destroyed a large British tea shipment in Boston harbor. So did this act of defiance…

Dec 16

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Happy birthday, Bill of Rights!

Today we celebrate the anniversary of the first 10 amendments, known as the Bill of Rights (ratified December 15, 1791). Here’s…

Dec 15

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Five items Congress deleted from Madison’s original Bill of Rights

When James Madison spoke to the First Congress he proposed nearly 20 amendments as a Bill of Rights, and not the 10 we all know…

Dec 15

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Eight basic facts about the Bill of Rights

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

Dec 15

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The mysterious death of George Washington

On December 14, 1799, George Washington died at his home after a brief illness and after losing about 40 percent of his blood. So…

Dec 14

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On this day, Bush v. Gore settles 2000 presidential race

On December 12, 2000, the Supreme Court ended a Florida vote recount in the presidential election contest between George W. Bush…

Dec 12

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House Democrats unveil articles of impeachment

The House Judiciary Committee has introduced a resolution proposing two articles of impeachment against President Donald J. Trump.…

Dec 11

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

During the 1787 Constitutional Convention, two Georges commanded much attention at Philadelphia: George Washington and his…

Dec 11

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The presidency, impeachment and an enduring dilemma

From the debates of the Founders in Philadelphia in 1787 to today’s congressional impeachment inquiry aimed at President Donald…

Dec 6

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House to move on articles of impeachment after hearing from scholars

After the House Judiciary Committee heard testimony from four leading constitutional scholars about the meaning of “high Crimes…

Dec 6

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On this day: The United States formally outlaws slavery

On December 6, 1865, the 13th Amendment was ratified after the state of Georgia approved the amendment as it was proposed to the…

Dec 6

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Five interesting facts about Prohibition's end in 1933

On December 5, 1933, three states voted to repeal Prohibition, putting the ratification of the 21st Amendment into place. But did…

Dec 5

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