August 6-10, 1787 ~ Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia begins debate on the first draft ~ never forget

The Constitutional Convention

Woman (to Benjamin Franklin): “Well, Doctor, what have we got – a Republic or a Monarchy?”

Benjamin Franklin: “A Republic, if you can keep it.”

-McHenry, The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787

Scene at the signing of the Constitution of the United States, Oil on Canvas, Howard Chandler Christy

Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States, Oil on Canvas, Howard Chandler Christy

The Great Debate occurred during the Constitutional Convention. Outcomes included the establishment of a four-year term of office for the President, granting Congress the right to regulate foreign trade and interstate commerce, and the appointment of a committee to prepare a final draft of the Constitution.


Skeleton of Tyrannosaurus rex discovered

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On August 12, 1990, fossil hunter Susan Hendrickson discovers three huge bones jutting out of a cliff near Faith, South Dakota. They turn out to be part of the largest-ever Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever discovered, a 65 million-year-old specimen dubbed Sue, after its discoverer.

Amazingly, Sue’s skeleton was over 90 percent complete, and the bones were extremely well-preserved. Hendrickson’s employer, the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research, paid $5,000 to the land owner, Maurice Williams, for the right to excavate the dinosaur skeleton, which was cleaned and transported to the company headquarters in Hill City. The institute’s president, Peter Larson, announced plans to build a non-profit museum to display Sue along with other fossils of the Cretaceous period.


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August 11, 2021


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August 10, 2021

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November 24, 2009