This Day in History: Alexander Hamilton, the Federalist Papers, & the Constitution

On this day in 1787, “Publius” publishes an essay defending the Constitution in several New York newspapers. Publius?! Publius who? Most modern Americans have never heard of him. How unfortunate. The collection of works written by Publius was critical to the establishment of our Constitution. We’ve been living with our Constitution for so long that […]

This Day in History: The first celebration of Columbus Day

On this day in 1492, Christopher Columbus lands in the New World. Exactly 300 years later, New York City would hold the first Columbus Day celebration. More unofficial celebrations would follow, and the day finally became a federal holiday in the 1930s. Since then, the holiday has become controversial—to say the least! Some people want […]

This Day in History: The first Supreme Court of the United States

n this day in 1789, George Washington signs the Judiciary Act, which established the structure for the Supreme Court of the United States and a system of lower courts. It also gave Washington the authority to nominate six United States Supreme Court Justices.. Washington nominated John Jay as the first Chief Justice of the United […]

This Day in History: George Washington bids the nation farewell (again)

On this day in 1796, George Washington bids the nation farewell. He was retiring from the presidency and making his last exit from public life. His move was astonishing! How many people voluntarily give up power and return to civilian life? Remember: Washington could probably have been a King, if he’d really wanted to. Yet, […]