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December 15, 2018

ON THIS DAY IN 1791, THE BILL OF RIGHTS WAS RATIFIED BY THE REQUISITE NUMBER OF STATES: The Commonwealth of Virginia had the honor of putting the amendments over the top. It had earlier ratified proposed amendment I. Then on December 15, it ratified proposed amendments II through XII. That made three-quarters of the 14 states (Vermont had been recently admitted) for proposals III through XII, which were then re-numbered 1 through 10.

Proposed amendment I and proposed amendment II didn’t make it (though, in one of history’s quirkier moments, the latter made it into the Constitution many years later).