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Constitution - Notable Historical Events

John LockeJul 21, 1669

George MasonSep 12, 1787

John MarshallFeb 14, 1803

NapoleonJun 1, 1815

MacArthurMay 7, 1947

Winston ChurchillOct 9, 1953

Nguyen Van ThieuSep 3, 1967

Pierre TrudeauApr 17, 1982

Hosni MubarakFeb 26, 2005

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Constitution - Historical Events
Date Event
1600-10-08

San Marino adopts constitution

1639-01-14

1st Connecticut constitution (Fundamental Orders) adopted in Hartford, published by Rodger Ludlow

1641-03-16

General court declares RI a democracy & adopts new constitution

1669-07-21

John Locke's Constitution of English colony Carolina approved

1723-12-06

Emperor Karel VI's Pragmatic Sanctie declares Constitution

1772-08-21

King Gustav III completes his coup d'etat by adopting a new Constitution, ending half a century of parliamentary rule in Sweden and installing himself as an enlightened despot.

1776-01-05

Assembly of New Hampshire adopts its 1st state constitution

1776-06-29

Virginia state constitution adopted & Patrick Henry made governor

1777-04-14

NY adopts new constitution as an independent state

1777-04-20

New York adopts new constitution as an independent state

1777-07-08

Vermont introduces new constitution making it 1st US state to abolish slavery

1787-05-14

Delegates gather in Philadelphia to draw up US constitution

1787-09-12

American statesman George Mason suggests the addition of a Bill of Rights to the Constitution modeled on previous state declarations, but the motion is defeated

1787-09-17

US constitution adopted by Philadelphia convention

1787-09-27

Constitution submitted to states for ratification

1787-09-28

Congress sends Constitution to state legislatures for their approval

1787-10-26

"Federalist Papers" published, calls for ratification of United States' Constitution

1787-12-07

Delaware becomes 1st state to ratify constitution

1787-12-12

Pennsylvania becomes 2nd state to ratify US constitution

1787-12-18

New Jersey becomes 3rd state to ratify constitution

1788-01-02

Georgia is 4th state to ratify US constitution

1788-02-06

Massachusetts becomes 6th state to ratify constitution

1788-04-28

Maryland becomes 7th state to ratify constitution

1788-05-23

South Carolina becomes 8th state to ratify US constitution

1788-06-21

US Constitution goes into effect as NH is 9th to ratify

1788-06-25

Virginia becomes 10th state to ratify US constitution

1788-07-26

NY becomes 11th state to ratify constitution

1789-03-04

1st US Congress declares constitution in effect (9 senators, 13 reps)

1789-06-04

US constitution goes into effect

1789-06-20

Oath of Tennis Court (for a new constitution) in France taken

1789-09-24

US Congress establishes Post Office Department following the new constitution

1789-11-21

North Carolina ratifies constitution, becomes 12th US state

1790-05-29

Rhode Island becomes last of original 13 colonies ratifying US Constitution

1790-06-09

1st book copyrighted under constitution, "Philadelphia Spelling Book"

1791-03-10

Pope condemns France's Civil Constitution of the clergy

1791-05-03

The Constitution of May 3 (the first modern constitution in Europe) is proclaimed by the Sejm of Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.

1791-09-03

French Constitution passed by French National Assembly

1791-09-13

France's King Louis XVI accepts constitution

1791-12-15

US Bill of Rights ratified when Virginia gives its approval. Becomes amendments 1-10 of the US constitution

1793-06-24

1st republican constitution in France adopted

1795-02-07

11th Amendment to US Constitution ratified, affirms power of states

1795-02-21

Freedom of worship established in France under constitution

1797-09-20

US frigate Constitution (Old Ironsides) launched in Boston

1798-04-23

Dutch emperor accepts new Constitution

1803-02-14

Chief Justice John Marshall declares that any act of U.S. Congress that conflicts with the Constitution is void.

1803-02-19

Congress accepts Ohio's constitution, statehood not ratified till 1953

1804-06-15

12th amendment to the US constitution ratified; deals with regulating judicial power

1804-09-25

12th amendment to US constitution, regulating judicial power

1812-08-19

US warship Constitution defeats British warship Guerriere

1812-12-29

The USS Constitution under the command of Captain William Bainbridge, captures the HMS Java off the coast of Brazil after a three hour battle.

1814-05-17

Norwegian constitution passed by constitutent assembly at Eidsvoll

1815-06-01

Napoleon Bonaparte swears fidelity to the Constitution of France.

1815-11-27

Adoption of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Poland

1831-02-07

Belgium adopts its Constitution

1832-02-26

Polish constitution abolished/replaced by Tsar Nicholas I

1836-03-16

Texas approves a constitution

1837-06-18

Spain gets new Constitution

1840-10-08

First Hawaiian constitution proclaimed

1845-10-13

Texas ratifies a state constitution

1848-01-28

King of Naples grants his subjects a constitution

1848-01-29

Sicily accepts new Constitution (choose parliament/freedom of press)

1848-02-17

Toscane gets liberal Constitution

1848-03-04

Sardinia-Piemonte gets new Constitution

1848-03-04

Carlo Alberto di Savoia signs the Statuto Albertino that will later represent the first constitution of the Regno d'Italia

1848-11-03

Johan Thorbeckes revises the Constitution of the Netherlands

1853-05-01

Argentina adopts its constitution

1856-10-24

Constitution of South Australia adopted

1857-09-16

Mexican constitution of force (fiercely attacked by Pope Pius IX)

1861-02-09

Confederate Provisional Congress declares all laws under the US Constitution were consistent with constitution of Confederate states (US Civil War)

1861-03-11

Confederate convention in Montgomery adopts constitution (US Civil War)

1861-07-25

Washington DC - Crittenden resolution is passed stating that the war is to be fought to preserve union & uphold the Constitution, not to alter slavery

1862-02-21

Confederate Constitution & presidency are declared permanent

1862-12-16

Kingdom of Nepal accepts its constitution

1864-10-13

Maryland voters adopt new constitution, including abolition of slavery

1864-10-29

Greek parliament accept new Constitution

1864-11-13

The new Constitution of Greece is adopted.

1865-02-22

Tennessee adopts a new constitution abolishing slavery

1865-12-06

13th Amendment of the United States Constitution is ratified, abolishing slavery

1866-07-19

Tennessee is 1st to ratify 14th Amendment to the US constitution, guaranteeing civil rights

1867-03-08

The British North America Act is passed in the House of Commons, and would serve as a constitution for Canada for the next 100 years

1867-03-29

British North America Act (Canadian constitution) passes

1868-04-14

SC voters approved constitution, 70,758 to 27,228

1868-04-16

Louisiana voters approve new constitution

1868-10-17

Constitution of Grand Duchy of Luxembourg comes into effect

1870-02-03

US state of Iowa ratifies the 15th Amendment of the United States Constitution allowing suffrage for all races & colour

1870-03-30

15th Amendment to the US constitution is adopted, guarantees right to vote regardless of race

1874-05-29

Present constitution of Switzerland takes effect

1875-11-04

Tonga adopts constitution

1876-12-23

Turkey's 1st constitution proclaimed

1884-03-08

Susan B. Anthony addresses the U.S. House Judiciary Committee arguing for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote. Anthony's argument came 16 years after legislators had first introduced a federal women's suffrage amendment.

1886-08-04

Colombia adopts constitution

1887-09-15

Phila celebrates 100th anniversary of US Constitution

1889-02-11

Meiji constitution of Japan adopted; 1st Diet convenes in 1890

1889-10-01

Washington voters adopt state constitution in referendum

1893-01-13

U.S. Marines land in Honolulu from the U.S.S. Boston to prevent the queen from abrogating the Bayonet Constitution.

1898-05-12

Louisiana adopts new constitution with "grandfather clause" designed to eliminate black voters

1901-02-21

In Cuba, the constitutional delegates adopt a constitution much like that of the USA

1901-06-12

In Cuba, the constitutional convention - knowing that the USA will not withdraw its troops until does so - adopts the Platt Amendment as part of its constitution

1901-12-31

In the first election under their new constitution, Cuba elects a Congress and their first president, Tomas Estrada Palma

1905-04-17

The Supreme Court of the United States decides Lochner v. New York which held that the "right to free contract" was implicit in the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.

1906-12-28

Ecuador adopts its constitution

1908-07-24

After days of discussion with his ministers, Sultan Abdul Hamid of Turkey announces he is restoring the liberal constitution of 1876 and will become more responsive to demands of dissidents

1911-06-11

The Greek national assembly adopts a more liberal constitution

1913-02-25

The 16th Amendment to the Constitution becomes law, providing the legal basis for the institution of a graduated income tax

1914-01-10

Yuan Shih-k'ai, president of the new Chinese republic, dissolves parliament and prepares a constitution of his own design: he will set himself up as dictator, preparatory to an attempt to make himself emperor

1915-06-05

Denmark amends its constitution to allow women's suffrage.

1917-01-31

Mexican President Carranza announces a new constitution with many liberal elements; most of which his regime will not implement

1918-01-19

Soviets disallows a Constitution Assembly

1919-07-17

Finland adopts constitution

1919-07-31

Germany accepts Weimar Constitution

1920-04-23

The national council in Turkey denounces the government of Sultan Mehmed VI and announces a temporary constitution.

1920-08-18

US ratifies the 19th Amendment to the constitution bringing in women's suffrage

1921-02-21

Constituent Assembly of the Democratic Republic of Georgia adopts the country's first constitution.

1921-03-17

The Second Republic of Poland adopts the March Constitution.

1921-10-05

Present constitution of Liechtenstein comes into effect

1922-10-24

Irish Parliament adopts a constitution for an Irish Free State

1922-12-06

1st constitution of Irish Free State comes into operation

1922-12-29

Dutch Constitution proclaimed

1923-07-15

Italian parliament accepts new constitution

1925-09-29

Greek republican constitution enforced

1926-05-23

Lebanese constitution forms under French mandate

1926-05-26

Lebanon adopts constitution

1929-03-28

Democratic constitution goes into effect in Ecuador

1930-03-16

USS Constitution (Old Ironsides) floated out to become a natl shrine

1930-05-26

Supreme Court rules buying liquor does not violate the Constitution

1932-12-10

King Rama VII (Prajadhipok) grants Thailand a constitution

1933-10-15

20th Amendment to the US Constitution goes into effect: Pres term begins in Jan not March

1934-04-30

Austria gets "Austrian facist" constitution

1935-04-23

Polish Constitution of 1935 is adopted.

1936-06-22

Virgin Islands receives a constitution from US (Organic Act)

1937-12-29

2nd Irish constitution comes into effect; Irish Free State renamed Erie

1944-06-03

Generals Giraud & de Gaulle reach agreement on constitution

1944-06-16

Iceland adopts constitution

1946-01-31

Yugoslavia adopts new constitution, becomes a federal republic

1946-03-01

Panama accepts its new constitution

1946-11-03

Emperor Hirohito proclaims new Japanese constitution

1946-12-25

Constitution accepted in Taiwan

1947-05-03

New post-war Japanese constitution goes into effect.

1947-05-07

General MacArthur approves Japanese constitution

1947-05-11

Laos accepts constitution for parliamentary democracy

1947-12-22

Italian constituent assembly adopts new constitution

1947-12-25

The Constitution of the Republic of China goes into effect.

1948-01-01

Italy adopts constitution

1948-01-01

The Constitution of Italy comes into force.

1948-07-17

Proclamation of constitution of Republic of (South) Korea

1949-05-08

West German constitution approved

1949-05-30

East German constitution approved

1949-08-18

Hungary adopts constitution

1949-08-20

Hungary (Magyar People's Republic) accepts constitution

1949-11-09

Costa Rica adopts Constitution

1949-11-26

India adopts a constitution as a British Commonwealth Republic

1950-07-04

Harry Truman signs public law 600 (Puerto Ricans write own constitution)

1950-08-15

Constitution of India goes into effect

1950-09-01

West Berlin granted a constitution

1951-07-18

Uruguay accepts its constitution

1951-11-07

Constitution of Jordan passes

1952-01-08

Jordan adopts constitution

1952-03-03

Puerto Rico approves their 1st self written constitution

1952-07-03

Puerto Rico's constitution approved by US Congress

1952-07-22

Poland adopts Communist-imposed Constitution

1952-07-25

Puerto Rico becomes a self-governing US commonwealth (Constitution Day)

1952-09-17

"I am an American Day" & "Constitution Day" renamed "Citizenship Day"

1953-06-05

Denmark adopts a new constitution

1953-10-09

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill aproves Guyanese Constitution

1954-07-22

US Virgin Islands adopt constitution (Revised Organic Act)

1954-09-20

1st National People's Congress adopts Chinese constitution

1956-10-26

Vietnam promulgates its constitution

1957-08-27

The Constitution of Malaysia comes into force.

1958-09-28

France adopts constitution

1959-02-07

Castro proclaims new Cuban constitution

1959-02-19

Gabon adopts its constitution

1959-06-01

Constitution of Tunisia promulgated (National Day)

1959-06-03

Singapore adopts constitution

1959-07-05

Indonesia restores constitution

1959-09-29

Sultan of Brunei promulgates a constitution

1960-01-01

Montserrat adopts constitution

1960-07-05

Mongolia adopts constitution

1960-07-11

Czechoslovakia adopts Constitution

1960-11-03

Ivory Coast adopts constitution

1961-01-23

Venezuela adopts constitution

1961-02-21

Gabon adopts constitution

1961-03-29

23rd Amendment to the US Constitution ratified, allowing Washington DC residents to vote in presidential elections

1961-05-20

Mauritania adopts constitution

1961-06-19

US Supreme Court struck down a provision in Maryland's constitution requiring state office holders to believe in God

1962-08-29

Some provisions of Kuwaiti constitution are suspended

1962-11-11

Kuwait's National Assembly ratifies the Constitution of Kuwait.

1962-11-16

Kuwait adopts constitution (1st, Islamitic)

1962-12-16

Nepal gets constitution/becomes Constitutional Hindu Monarchy

1962-12-17

Current constitution of Monaco promulgated

1963-03-03

Senegal adopts constitution

1963-09-08

Algerian population accepts constitution

1964-01-23

24th Amendment to the United States Constitution ratified, barring poll tax in federal elections

1964-01-24

24th Amendment to US Constitution goes into effect & states voting rights could not be denied due to failure to pay taxes

1964-06-04

Maldives adopts constitution

1965-06-07

Morocco King Hassan suspends constitution, grabs power

1965-08-21

Romania adopts constitution

1966-04-01

Loyalist led by Ian Paisley, a Protestant fundamentalist preacher, founded the Ulster Constitution Defence Committee to challenge the civil rights movement; it set up a paramilitary-style wing called the Ulster Protestant Volunteers

1966-11-27

Uruguay adopts constitution

1966-11-28

Dominican Republic adopts constitution

1967-01-01

St Helena adopts constitution

1967-01-01

Tonga revises constitution

1967-02-02

Bolivia adopts its constitution

1967-06-24

Zaire adopts constitution

1967-08-06

Pope Paul VI publishes constitution Pro comperto sane

1967-08-15

Pope Paul VI publishes constitution Regimini Ecclesiae Universae

1967-08-25

Paraguay accepts its constitution

1967-09-03

Nguyen Van Thieu elected President of South Vietnam under a new constitution

1968-01-29

Nauru (formerly Pleasant Island) adopts constitution

1968-03-01

Vatican City's Apostolic Constitution of 1967 goes into effect

1968-04-06

94.5% of East German voters approve new socialist constitution

1968-04-08

New socialist constitution of East Germany takes effect

1968-04-09

German DR adopts constitution

1968-06-08

Bermuda adopts its constitution

1968-06-08

New colonial constitution for Bermuda adopted

1968-09-22

Iraq adopts constitution

1969-05-08

Pope Paul VI publishes constitution Sacra Ritum Congregation

1969-05-30

Gibraltar adopts constitution

1969-12-11

Libya adopts constitution

1970-01-09

Constitution of Singapore enacted

1970-04-24

Senegal adopts constitution

1970-07-16

Iraq's constitution goes into effect

1970-12-15

Illinois State Constitution is adopted at a special election.

1970-12-28

Yemen Arab Republic (North Yemen) adopts constitution

1971-05-16

Bulgaria adopts its constitution

1971-05-18

Bulgarian constitution goes into effect

1971-07-05

26th amendment to the US constitution certified (reduces voting age to 18)

1971-09-11

Egypt adopts its constitution

1972-04-17

Revised Dutch constitution proclaimed

1972-04-19

Hungary revises constitution

1972-05-20

Cameroon adopts its constitution

1972-05-20

Republic of Cameroon declared as constitution is ratified

1972-05-22

Ceylon becomes Republic of Sri Lanka as its constitution is ratified

1972-10-11

Panama adopts constitution

1972-11-02

Goverment of the Republic of Ireland introduce a bill to remove the special position of the Catholic Church from the Irish Constitution

1972-11-04

Bangladesh adopts constitution

1972-12-16

Bangladesh Constitution goes into effect

1972-12-27

New North Korean constitution comes into effect

1973-01-17

New Philippine constitution names Marcos president for life

1973-02-27

Pope Paul VI publishes constitution motu proprio Quo aptius

1973-03-10

Morocco adopts constitution

1973-03-13

Syria adopts constitution

1973-04-10

Pakistan suspends constitution

1973-04-12

Sudan adopts constitution

1973-04-12

Swaziland suspends constitution

1973-05-26

Bahrain adopts its constitution

1973-06-27

Uruguay suspends constitution

1973-07-10

Bahamas declares Independence from UK & adopts constitution

1973-08-25

Zambia adopts constitution

1973-12-06

Bahrain's constitution goes into effect

1973-12-19

Grenada adopts constitution

1974-01-03

Burma accepts its constitution

1974-02-21

Yugoslavia adopts constitution

1974-04-26

Malta adopts constitution

1974-06-02

Mali adopts constitution

1974-06-02

Malta's constitution goes into effect

1974-06-19

Yemen Arab Republic (North Yemen) suspends constitution

1974-10-07

German Democratic Republic amends constitution

1975-01-01

Sweden adopts constitution

1975-04-15

Gabon amends constitution

1975-06-11

Greece adopts constitution

1975-11-05

Sao Tome & Principe adopts constitution

1975-12-21

Madagascar adopts constitution

1975-12-30

Constitution of Democratic Republic of Madagascar comes into force

1976-02-17

Macau adopts constitution (Organic Law of Macau)

1976-02-24

Cuba adopts its constitution

1976-04-02

Portuguese constitution assumed

1976-04-25

Portugal adopts constitution

1976-08-30

Turks & Caicos Islands adopts constitution

1976-08-31

Trinidad & Tobago adopts constitution

1976-11-22

Algeria Constitution goes into effect

1976-12-27

Albania constitution goes into effect

1977-03-02

Libya amends constitution

1977-05-23

Benin adopts its constitution

1977-06-01

British Virgin Islands adopts constitution

1977-10-07

USSR adoption of the Fourth Soviet Constitution.

1978-01-07

Angola revises its constitution

1978-02-15

Zaire revises constitution

1978-06-14

Sierra Leone adopts constitution

1978-08-31

Constitution adopted by Sri Lanka

1978-10-01

Comoros adopts constitution

1978-10-13

Swaziland's new constitution promulgated bans political parties

1978-10-31

People's Democratic Republic of Yemen (South) adopts constitution

1978-11-03

Dominica gains independence from UK & adopts constitution

1978-12-06

Spain adopts constitution

1978-12-17

Referendum approves new constitution of Rwanda

1978-12-22

Thailand adopts constitution

1978-12-27

King Juan Carlos ratifies Spain's 1st democratic constitution

1978-12-29

Spain constitution goes into effect

1979-01-30

Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) agrees to new constitution

1979-02-09

Nigeria amends constitution

1979-06-05

Seychelles adopts constitution

1979-06-19

Mali's constitution goes into effect

1979-07-08

Congo adopts constitution

1979-08-10

Ecuador adopts its constitution

1979-08-25

Somali adopts constitution

1979-09-23

Somali constitution approved by president

1979-09-24

Ghana adopts constitution

1979-10-01

Nigeria adopts constitution, Alhaji Shagari becomes president

1979-12-03

Iran accepts constitution

1979-12-21

New constitution for Zimbabwe agreed

1979-12-30

Togo adopts constitution

1980-01-13

Togo's constitution becomes effective

1980-07-28

Peru adopts constitution, Fernando Belaúnde Terry becomes president

1980-08-09

Belgian constitution revised

1980-08-11

Angola revises its constitution

1980-09-07

Cape Verde adopts its constitution

1980-09-11

Chile adopts its constitution

1980-10-06

Guyana adopts constitution

1980-10-22

New South Korean constitution comes into effect

1980-11-25

Coup in Burkina abolishes constitution

1980-11-30

Uruguay's new constitution rejected by referendum

1980-12-17

Mauritania provisional constitution published

1980-12-18

Vietnam adopts constitution

1981-01-11

Palau adopts constitution

1981-02-12

Cape Verde amends its constitution

1981-03-11

Chile constitution takes effect, Augusto Pinochet 2nd term begins

1981-06-27

Cambodia adopts its constitution

1981-11-20

Burundia adopts its constitution

1981-12-31

Lt Jerry Rawlings becomes head of Ghana, suspends constitution

1982-01-11

Honduras adopts constitution

1982-01-20

Honduras constitution goes into effect

1982-04-01

Anguilla (dependent territory of UK) adopts constitution

1982-04-16

Queen Elizabeth proclaims Canada's new constitution

1982-04-17

Canada adopts its constitution

1982-04-17

Proclamation of the Constitution Act by Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau

1982-04-18

Canada Constitution Act replaces British North America Act

1982-05-14

Guinea adopts constitution

1982-08-15

Equatorial Guinea adopts constitution

1982-10-30

Portugal revises constitution

1982-11-07

Turkey adopts constitution

1982-12-04

China adopts its constitution

1982-12-15

Sao Tome & Principe constitution approved

1983-02-17

Netherlands adopts constitution

1983-08-27

Haiti adopts constitution

1983-12-20

El Salvador adopts constitution

1984-03-15

Tanzania adopts constitution

1984-04-03

Guinea suspends constitution after coup

1984-05-16

Guinea-Bissau adopts constitution

1984-09-03

South Africa adopts constitution

1985-04-06

Sudan suspends constitution after coup under general Swarreddahab

1985-05-31

Guatemala adopts constitution

1985-07-25

Uganda suspends constitution following coup

1985-10-03

Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) adopts constitution

1985-10-03

South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands adopts constitution

1985-10-10

Sudan adopts interim constitution

1985-12-30

Pakistan restores constitution

1986-01-14

Constitution of Guatemala takes effect

1986-11-10

Bangladeshi Constitution restored

1986-11-21

Central African Republic adopts constitution

1987-01-09

New Nicaraguan constitution takes effect

1987-02-02

Philippines adopts constitution

1987-02-11

Philippines constitution goes into effect

1987-09-03

Coup in Burundi suspends constitution

1987-09-12

Ethiopia adopts constitution

1987-09-17

Phila celebrates 200th anniversary of Constitution

1987-09-30

Suriname constitution ratified

1987-10-01

Fiji's constitution is suspended

1987-10-27

South Korean voters overwhelmingly approved a new constitution

1987-11-30

Afghanistan Constitution adopted

1988-02-25

South Korea adopts constitution

1988-03-05

Constitution of Turks and Caicos Islands is restored and revised.

1988-09-18

Burma suspends its constitution

1988-09-23

Fiji's new constitution is proposed

1988-10-05

Brazil adopts its Constitution

1989-06-30

Sudan suspends interim constitution following coup

1989-07-30

Chile amends its constitution

1989-10-18

Hungary revises constitution

1989-12-01

East Germany drops communist monopoly from its constitution

1989-12-22

Chad adopts its Constitution

1990-02-09

Namibia's constitution ratified

1990-03-01

Benin nullifies its constitution

1990-11-09

New democratic constitution is issued in Nepal.

1991-12-08

The Romanian Constitution is adopted in a referendum.

1992-01-12

A new constitution, providing for freedom to form political parties, is approved by a referendum in Mali.

1992-04-05

Peru's Pres Alberto Fujimori suspend constitution & dissolved Congress

1992-04-15

The National Assembly of Vietnam adopts the 1992 Constitution of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

1992-06-28

The Constitution of Estonia is signed into law.

1992-10-25

Lithuania holds a referendum on its first post-Soviet constitution.

1993-11-18

Black & white leaders in South Africa approve new democratic constitution

1994-03-01

Senate rejectes a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution

1996-05-08

South Africa's Constitutional Assembly adopts permanent post-apartheid constitution

1996-06-28

The Constitution of Ukraine is signed into law.

1997-03-07

5 sue Japanese PM Ryutaro Hashimoto, because his smoking has violated the country's constitution guaranteeing a wholesome life

1997-07-21

The fully restored USS Constitution (aka "Old Ironsides") celebrates her 200th birthday, setting sail for the first time in 116 years.

1998-11-28

The people of Albania vote for their new Constitution in a referendum.

2000-03-01

The Constitution of Finland is rewritten.

2003-02-04

The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia is officially renamed Serbia and Montenegro and adopts a new constitution.

2004-01-01

In a vote of confidence, General Pervez Musharraf wins 658 out of 1,170 votes in the Electoral College of Pakistan, and according to Article 41(8) of the Constitution of Pakistan, was "deemed to be elected" to the office of President until October 2007.

2004-01-26

President Hamid Karzai signs the new constitution of Afghanistan.

2004-03-08

A new constitution is signed by Iraq's Governing Council.

2004-10-29

In Rome, European heads of state sign the Treaty and Final Act establishing the first European Constitution.

2005-02-20

Spain becomes the first country to vote in a referendum on ratification of the proposed Constitution of the European Union, passing it by a substantial margin, but on a low turnout.

2005-02-26

Hosni Mubarak the president of Egypt orders the constitution changed to allow multi-candidate presidential elections before September 2005 by asking Egyptian parliament to amend Article 76 of the constitution.

2005-05-29

France resoundingly rejects the European Constitution.

2005-06-01

The Dutch referendum on the European Constitution results in its rejection.

2005-10-15

Iraqi constitution ratification vote

2005-12-15

Latvia amends its constitution to eliminate possibility of same-sex couples being entitled to marry.

2006-05-09

Estonia ratifies the European Constitution.

2006-09-19

The Thai military stages a coup in Bangkok. The Constitution is revoked and martial law is declared.

2006-09-30

the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia adopted the Constitutional Act that proclaimed the new Constitution of Serbia.

2007-11-03

Pervez Musharraf declared emergency rule across Pakistan. He suspended the Constitution, imposed State of Emergency, and fired the chief justice of the Supreme Court.

2017-10-23

Japan's Abe to push pacifist constitution reform after strong election win

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Constitution - Notable Birthdays

Roger ShermanApr 19, 1721

Constitution - Birthdays
Date Event
1484-02-21

Joachim I Nestor, elector (Brandenburg, Constitution)

1721-04-19

Roger Sherman, American lawyer and Founding Father of the United States (Declaration of Independence, Constitution)

1739-03-16

George Clymer, US merchant (signed Decl of Ind, Constitution)

1755-03-24

Rufus King, framer of US constitution

1788-08-25

Cornelis J van Assen, Dutch jurist (Language of the Constitution)

1863-06-11

Eduard David, German undersecretary (constitution of Weimar)

1908-9-17

Robert D. Speers, Servant of the People: The Story of the Constitution of the United States

1923-04-09

Leonard W. Levy, God and the Constitution

1942-10-15

Jim Leach, The Secret Government: The Constitution in Crisis

1946-03-23

Pedro Sastre, Times of the Constitution

1951-10-29

Frank Abe, Conscience and the Constitution

Constitution - Deaths
Date Event
1809-08-30

Ignacy Potocki, Polish Foreign Minister (constitution), dies

1930-12-24

Eduard David, German minister (constitution of Weimar), dies at 67

1956-07-20

Robert D. Speers, Servant of the People: The Story of the Constitution of the United States

1956-12-06

Dr. Bhimji Ramji Ambedkar, Indian Minister of Law and architect of The Constitution of India (b. 1891)

1992-08-24

Andreas M Donner, Dutch state leader/jurist (Constitution), dies at 74

2006-08-24

Leonard W. Levy, God and the Constitution


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