On June 17th, 1972, five men were caught breaking into the Democratic National Headquarters located at the office complex of the Watergate Hotel located in Washington, D.C. This eventually led to journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncovering a massive cover-up that connected the break-in with President Richard Nixon and his reelection committee. Learn more about the Watergate scandal with these Frequently Asked Questions:
The Second Continental Congress approved the design of a national flag on June 14, 1777. Many Americans commemorated that event through the year. However, it was President Woodrow Wilson who issued a proclamation establishing national Flag Day in 1916. In 1949, the US Congress passed legislation that Harry Truman signed into law national Flag Day.
Learn more about the evolution of the American flag. What are the myths associated with the stars and stripes? Follow the timeline as you celebrate Flag Day this year.
Andrew Jackson is seen as the first president elected due to the "common man." After losing in 1824 to John Quincy Adams due to the election being thrown into the house and the "Corrupt Bargain" being struck, Jackson came back and ran in 1828 to win the presidency. Called "King Andrew" by his enemies, Jackson's time in office had its share in scandals and controversies.
I've collected ten key facts that are important to know when looking at Jackson's time as president. Enjoy!
The Bill of Rights was added to the US Constitution as a way to ensure that individual rights would be protected. However, these only applied to the federal government. It was not until the passage of the fourteenth amendment that these rights have been one-by-one applied at the state level through decisions made by the US Supreme Court. The following álist highlights a few of the major court cases in which the Supreme Court has extended these rights: