This Week In History

New Hampshire becomes the ninth and last necessary state to ratify the Constitution of the United States, thereby making the document the law of the land.

By 1786, defects in the post-Revolutionary War Articles of Confederation were apparent, such as the lack of central authority over foreign and domestic commerce. Congress endorsed a plan to draft a new constitution, and on May 25, 1787, the Constitutional Convention convened at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. On September 17, 1787, after three months of debate moderated by convention president George Washington, the new U.S. constitution, which created a strong federal government with an intricate system of checks and balances, was signed by 38 of the 41 delegates present at the conclusion of the convention. As dictated by Article VII, the document would not become binding until it was ratified by nine of the 13 states…. read more!


June 21, 1788 – U.S. Constitution ratified | June 22, 1944 – FDR signs G.I. Bill | June 23, 1992 – Teflon Don sentenced to life | June 24, 1997 – U.S. Air Force reports on Roswell | June 25, 1876 – Battle of Little Bighorn | June 26, 1948 – U.S. begins Berlin Airlift | June 27, 1950 – Truman orders U.S. forces to Korea

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