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United States Constitution
The Constitution of the United States is the supreme law of the United States of America. It is the framework for the organization of the United States government and for the relationship of the federal government with the states, citizens, and all people within the United States.The first three Articles of the Constitution establish the three branches of the national government: a...
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1787
5.25.1787
In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, delegates convene a Constitutional Convention to write a new Constitution for the United States; George Washington presides.
8.6.1787
Sixty proof sheets of the Constitution of the United States are delivered to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.
9.17.1787
The United States Constitution is signed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
9.28.1787
The newly completed United States Constitution is voted on by the U.S. Congress to be sent to the state legislatures for approval.
12.7.1787
Delaware becomes the first state to ratify the United States Constitution.
12.12.1787
Pennsylvania becomes the second state to ratify the United States Constitution five days after Delaware became the first.
12.18.1787
New Jersey becomes the third state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
1788
1.2.1788
Georgia becomes the fourth state to ratify the United States Constitution
2.6.1788
Massachusetts becomes the sixth state to ratify the United States Constitution.
6.25.1788
Virginia becomes the 10th state to ratify the United States Constitution.
7.26.1788
New York ratifies the United States Constitution and becomes the 11th state of the United States.
1789
3.4.1789
In New York City, the first Congress of the United States meets, putting the United States Constitution into effect.
9.25.1789
The U.S. Congress passes twelve amendments to the United States Constitution: the Congressional Apportionment Amendment (which was never ratified), the Congressional Compensation Amendment, and the ten that are known as the Bill of Rights.
11.21.1789
North Carolina ratifies the United States Constitution and is admitted as the 12th U.S. state.
1790
5.29.1790
Rhode Island becomes the last of the original United States' colonies to ratify the Constitution and is admitted as the 13th U.S. state.
1795
2.7.1795
The 11th Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified.
1803
2.14.1803
Chief Justice John Marshall declares that any act of U.S. Congress that conflicts with the Constitution is void.
1909
3.4.1909
U.S. President William Taft used what became known as a '''Saxbe fix''', a mechanism to avoid the restriction of the U.S. Constitution's Ineligibility Clause, to appoint Philander C. Knox as U.S. Secretary of State
1920
8.26.1920
The 19th amendment to United States Constitution takes effect, giving women the right to vote.
1964
1.23.1964
The 24th Amendment to the United States Constitution, prohibiting the use of poll taxes in national elections, is ratified.
1992
5.7.1992
Michigan ratifies a 203-year-old proposed amendment to the United States Constitution making the 27th Amendment law. This amendment bars the U.S. Congress from giving itself a mid-term pay raise.
1998
6.25.1998
In ''Clinton v. City of New York'', the United States Supreme Court decides that the Line Item Veto Act of 1996 is unconstitutional.