225 years ago today, on December 15th, 1791, the Bill of Rights officially became a part of the U.S. Constitution. In 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt designated December 15th as Bill of Rights Day.
You can read President Roosevelt’s proclamation here: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=16046
And here are a few fun facts for the day from nationaldaycalendar.com!
The first 10 amendments to the United States Constitution make up the Bill of Rights. Passed by Congress on September 25, 1789, these rights place limits on government power.
Did you know?
- The bill was introduced by James Madison. He later became the 4th President of the United States.
- The Bill of Rights initially had 12 proposed amendments. One concerned the number of constituents for each Representative. The other addressed compensation of Congressmen. Neither were ratified.
- In 1992, compensation of Congressmen was ratified 203 years later and is now the 27th amendment.
- The Bill of Rights is displayed in The Rotunda of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC.
- There were 14 copies of the Bill of Rights; one for each of the 13 states to sign and one for the federal archives. Only 12 copies survive today.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Display the flag of the United States on public buildings. Read the Bill of Rights. See if you can pass a quiz about the Bill of Rights. Use #BillOfRightsDay to post on social media.