Fun Fact December 15, 2020.
15 December 2020
Today in 1791 the Bill Of Rights became legal when Virginia became the 10th of 14 states to ratify 10 of the 12 amendments. The English Bill of Rights of 1689 Influenced our Bill of Rights as did Virginia’s Declaration of Rights, drafted by George Mason in 1776. In September 1789, the first Congress of the United States approved 12 amendments to the U.S. Constitution and sent them to the states for ratification. The amendments were designed to protect the basic rights of citizens of the United States. They guarantee the freedom of speech, press, assembly, and exercise of religion; the right to fair legal procedure and to bear arms; and that powers not delegated to the federal government would be reserved for the states and the people. As for the two amendments not ratified, the first concerned the population system of representation, while the second prohibited laws varying the payment of congressional members from taking effect until an election was held. The first of these was never ratified, the second was ratified in 1992.