Constitution Day Tuesday 9/17/19
September 17th is Constitution day! To help celebrate, here are a few fun facts about the Constitution.
- Written in 1787, the Constitution was signed on September 17. But it wasn’t until 1788 that it was ratified by the necessary nine states
- The original Constitution is on display at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, it was moved to Fort Knox for safekeeping.
- Established on November 26, 1789, the first national “Thanksgiving Day” was originally created by George Washington as a way of “giving thanks” for the Constitution.
- Some of the original framers and many delegates in the state ratifying conventions were very troubled that the original Constitution lacked a description of individual rights. In 1791, Americans added a list of rights to the Constitution. The first ten amendments became known as The Bill of Rights.
- The U.S. Constitution was prepared in secret, behind locked doors that were guarded by sentries
- The U.S. Constitution was written and signed at the Philadelphia Convention.
- Since 1791, the Constitution has only been amended 17 times with 27 amendments being made.
- The word “democracy” is not in the Constitution at all. Not even once. That is because The United States is actually a republic.
- The U.S. Constitution is the oldest and shortest written Constitution of any major government in the world. It contains only 4,400 words.
- More than 11,000 amendments have been introduced in Congress. 33 have gone to the states to be ratified and 27 have received the necessary approval from the states to actually become amendments to the Constitution