Documents that changed history
The earliest-known message in a bottle was sent by Greek philosopher Theophrastus, as a way to test his hypothesis that the Atlantic Ocean flowed into the Mediterranean Sea.
President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, stating that in all states still in rebellion (as part of the American Civil War) as of January 1, 1863, he would declare their slaves free.
The Gutenberg Bible was the first complete book printed from movable type. This document set the stage for print production moving forward.
Obergefell v. Hodges
U.S. Declaration of Independence
When you look at any defining changes or actions that have taken place throughout history, from the highest government levels all the way down to individual families, documents are at the core of each one.
We’re taking a look at monumental documents that have changed the course of history, from medieval ink on parchment, to the digital recordings of Supreme Court rulings. Take a trip through time with us!
While some trace the history of paper airplanes back to early versions of origami, it’s been said that Jack Northrop popularized the version we use today in the 1930s while testing the aerodynamics of larger aircraft.
The United States Bill of Rights were passed, in response to a call for greater constitutional protection for individual liberties.
The Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, officially ending World War I, as negotiated by the Allied powers.
The most important moments in history have been recorded, ratified, and overturned in documents, in one form or another. As technology continues to transform the way we document and consume information, it’s safe to assume that documents—even in digital formats—will remain at the core of all decisions.
This milestone Supreme Court decision ended racial segregation of children in public schools, nearly 60 years after the “separate but equal” ruling in Plessy v. Ferguson. The decision, which found separation on the basis of race to be unconstitutional, served as a catalyst for the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s.
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The first newspaper in what would become the U.S. appeared in Boston. Publick Occurrences Both Forreign and Domestick was suppressed by the colonial governor after one issue, but by the mid-19th century, there were 400 dailies and 3,000 weekly papers in the U.S.
The United States Constitution replaced the Articles of Confederation with a new form of government, creating a federal system with a national government composed of three separated powers. It introduced principles covering checks and balances, individual rights, liberty, limited government, and more.
The Nineteenth Amendment
Brown v. Board of Education
Treaty of Versailles
The Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples, also enforcing the same terms and conditions, as well as all the accompanying rights and responsibilities, that apply to marriages of opposite-sex couples.
United States Bill of Rights
The Declaration of Independence was signed, granting Americans independence from the British Crown. To this day, American independence is still celebrated on July 4.
The Magna Carta was created, including a famous clause that, for the first time, gave all “free men” the right to justice and a fair trial. This document would later inspire the United States’ Declaration of Independence and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The 19th Amendment was ratified, giving women in the United States the right to vote for the first time in the nation’s history.
Message in a bottle
The fortune cookie is traced back to Japanese origins, despite its ties to Chinese restaurants in America. It was first introduced in the U.S. in the early 1900s, with a rise in popularity during World War II.
Constitution of the United States
Late 1800s-early 1900s