Washington, DC, USA - Fort Washington
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1790 - Washington, District of Columbia founded

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1790 - July 16 - Washington, D. C. becomes capital of United States
On July 16, 1790, Congress declared the city of Washington in the District of Columbia, the permanent capital of the United States.

President George Washington commissioned French engineer Pierre-Charles L'Enfant to create a plan for the city. L'Enfant designed wide avenues and open spaces so...Read MORE...



1801 - On March 4, 1801, Thomas Jefferson became the first president to be inaugurated in Washington within the Senate chamber of the Capitol.

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1812 - During the War of 1812, most of the city (Washington, DC) was burned to the ground.
British forces invaded the city and burned public and government buildings, including the White House, in response to American forces invading York, now known as Toronto, and burning most of it to the ground.
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1844 - May 24 – The first electrical telegram is sent over the telegraph by Samuel F. B. Morse from the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. to the B&O Railroad "outer depot" in Baltimore, Maryland, saying "What hath God wrought".
Taken from the Bible, Numbers 23:23, and recorded on a paper tape, the phrase had been suggested to Morse by Annie Ellsworth, the young daughter of a friend. The success of the experiment would change forever the national communication system.
www.americaslibrary.gov
May 24, 1844
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News  1845 - SPLENDID FIREWORKS AT THE PRESIDENT'S. AWFUL ACCIDENT.
Washington, July 4, 10 o'clock, P.M.
Mr. Harper: - I have just returned from the scene of a sudden and terrible accident, and have seated myself, full of intense excitement, to give you a hasty sketch of it.

The interesting exercises of this memorable day were closed this evening by a most...Read MORE...



News  1851 - December 24 – The Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., burns.

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December 24, 1851
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News  1861 - February 23 – President-elect Abraham Lincoln arrives secretly in Washington, D.C. after an assassination attempt in Baltimore, Maryland.

www.wikipedia.org
February 23, 1861
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News  1861 - ACCIDENT ON THE BALTIMORE AND OHIO RAILROAD.
The passenger train which left Washington at a quarter to seven o'clock, yesterday morning, for this city, met with an accident just after starting out, by which it was detained for over two hours behind schedule time, and in which several employees of the road were injured, some of them, perhaps,...Read MORE...


1862 - Slaves owned in Washington were emancipated on April 16, 1862, nine months before Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of Jan. 1, 1863.

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1865 - April 14 - Assassination of Abraham Lincoln:
Shortly after 10 p.m. on April 14, 1865, actor John Wilkes Booth entered the presidential box at Ford's Theatre in Washington D.C., and fatally shot President Abraham Lincoln. As Lincoln slumped forward in his seat, Booth leapt onto the stage and escaped through the back door. A doctor in the...Read MORE...


News  1869 - Strange Assault
A man in Washington recently went to the house of a woman very sick with consumption, and beat her in a shocking manner. She had made her will in his favor, and disappointment at finding her alive prompted the assault.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
June 19, 1869
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News  1870 - 4th of July, Christmas, New Year's and Thanksgiving Federal Holidays
WASHINGTON, June 24. - SENATE. - The bill making the 4th of July, Christmas, New Year's and Thanksgiving Days legal holidays in the District of Columbia passed, and goes to the President for his approval.
The Times-Picayune
New Orleans, Louisiana
June 25, 1870
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1871 - February 21 – 41st United States Congress passes "An Act To Provide A Government For The District Of Columbia", also known as the Act of 1871,
declaring the government of the District of Columbia a municipal corporation not inconsistent with the Constitution and laws of the United States and the provisions of this act.

www.wikipedia.org
February 21, 1871
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1884 - December 6 – The Washington Monument is completed in Washington, D.C., becoming the tallest structure in the world at this date.

www.wikipedia.org
December 6, 1884
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News  June 2, 1886: Grover Cleveland became the first president to marry in the White House

The Old Farmer's Almanac www.almanac.com
June 2, 1886
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News  1888 - January 13 – The National Geographic Society is founded in Washington, D.C..

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January 13, 1888
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News  1888 - October 9 – The Washington Monument officially opens to the general public in Washington, D.C.

www.wikipedia.org
October 9, 1888
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News  1888 - It was decided by the commissioners of the District of Columbia on the 25th to honor the memory of General Sheridan by naming a new street intersection Sheridan circle.

St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
November 3, 1888
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News  June 2, 1889 - A great flood on the Potomac River in Washington, DC flooded streets and took out a span of Long Bridge (today's 14th Street Bridge). The flood stage reached was not equaled until 1936.

National Weather Service (NOAA)
June 2, 1889
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News  1890 - October 11 – In Washington, D.C., the Daughters of the American Revolution is founded.

www.wikipedia.org
October 11, 1890
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News  1893 - TERRIBLE. Eighty Persons Killed by a Falling Building.
Ford's Theatre in Washington Collapsed Carrying Over 400 People into the Wreck-The Place Condemned Nearly 30 Years Ago-It was Used as Record Division of the War Department.

WASHINGTON, June 9. (Special).- The old Ford's theatre where Lincoln was assassinated, this morning, at 9.30, fell with a...Read MORE...



News  1895 - Blizzard - THE STORM STILL HOVERS OVER THE UNITED STATES. IT IS SEVEREST IN THE EAST. TRAFFIC ALMOST ENTIRELY AT A STANDSTILL -- RAILROAD TRAINS BLOCKADED -- BUSINESS PARALYZED -- PEOPLE FROZEN TO DEATH AT SEVERAL PLACES...
...In Washington.
Washington, Feb. 9. - This city is passing through one of the severest spells of cold weather it has ever experienced. All trains are late, and most of those on the way here have been stalled in the mountains. Many cases of frost bite were reported. HENRY GLAUSMAN, a Baltimore...Read MORE...



News  1896 - FIERCE, FIRE RAGES. LIVES ALSO LOST IN THE FLAMES. SEVERAL FIREMEN CRUSHED TO DEATH UNDER FALLING WALLS IN WASHINGTON.
Washington, May 19 - Fire swept away a whole block of commercial buildings opposite the Smithsonian Institute soon after 8 o'clock last evening. The lives of at least six firemen were crushed out by falling walls. The loss will exceed $200,000. The buildings covering the block adjoining the Centre...Read MORE...


1896 - advertisement

The Morning Times
Washington, District of Columbia
July 3, 1896
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February 12, 1899 - Washington D.C. hit 15 degrees below zero.

WeatherForYou.com
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February 14, 1899 - A great blizzard struck the eastern U.S. Washington D.C. received 20.5 inches of snow to bring their total snow depth to nearly three feet.

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1900 - Washington - The Nation's Capital by Frank A. Vanderlilp
Many generations before George Washington, as the New World Romulus, paced off in person the metes and bounds of the Federal City, the powerful Algonquin tribe of American Indians had established their capital within the confines of what is now the District of Columbia. Powhatan, the father of...Read MORE...


News  1901 - HAT COST HIS LIFE. Richard P. Walker Jumped Into Bay and Became Exhausted.
Washington, Aug. 9. — While endeavoring to recover the hat of a friend, which had blown off into the bay, Richard P. Walker, a bricklayer, who lived at 135 Carroll Street southeast, in this city, was drowned at Chesapeake Beach. Walker is a widower and leaves no family.

Early in the day he went...Read MORE...



News  1902 - January 28 – The Carnegie Institution is founded in Washington, DC with a $10 million gift from Andrew Carnegie.

www.wikipedia.org
January 28, 1902
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News  1904 - Lightning Struck The Great Shaft. Bolt Entered Top Of Washington Monument And Followed Iron Work To Ground.
Washington, May 13.-Colonel Symons, in charge of public buildings and grounds, has reported to General Mackenzie, chief of engineers, that the Washington Monument was struck by lightning on the 27th ult., but was not greatly damaged.

The bolt entered at the top of the shaft, out the telephone...Read MORE...



News  1907 - FIRE WRECKS THEATER. ACADEMY OF MUSIC LAID WASTE BY EARLY MORNING BLAZE. POLICE RESCUE OCCUPANTS.
FLAMES OF UNKNOWN ORIGIN GUT AUDITORIUM AND STAGE, COMPLETELY DESTROYING OUTFIT OF "SECRETS OF POLICE" COMPANY, PLAYING WEEK'S ENGAGEMENT - FIREMEN HAVE NARROW ESCAPE.

One of the largest fires which Washington has known for years wrecked the entire auditorium and stage of the Academy of Music,...Read MORE...



News  1907 - VIOLENT EARTHQUAKE RECORDED AT CAPITAL Weather Bureau Officials Expect News That Somewhere in the World Unusually Severe Disturbance Has Occurred.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16. - The most violent earthquakes record ever made on the seismograph at the weather bureau started at 9:14 o'clock this morning. The vibrations of the needle were even greater that those caused by the San Francisco earthquake. Weather bureau officials are momennturily[sic]...Read MORE...


1909 - March 4 - Though fair weather was forecast, President Taft was inaugurated amidst a furious storm. About ten inches of wet snow disrupted travel and communications. The storm drew much criticism against the U.S. Weather Bureau.

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1910 -The Boy Scouts of America was incorporated on February 8, 1910, under the laws of the District of Columbia, by W. D. Boyce. On June 21, 1910, 34 national representatives of boys’ work agencies met to establish the Boy Scouts of America

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March 27, 1912: First cherry trees, a gift from Japan, planted on Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C.
The Old Farmer's Almanac
www.almanac.com

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News  1915 - February 12 – In Washington, D.C., the first stone of the Lincoln Memorial is put into place.

www.wikipedia.org
February 12, 1915
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1922 - "The Knickerbocker Storm"
January 27-28, 1922
The Knickerbocker Storm battered the upper South and middle Atlantic United States for two days, dumping a record-breaking 28 inches of snow on Washington, D.C. But by the evening of January 28, the storm was winding down, and several hundred people ventured out to catch a...Read MORE...



News  1922 - U.S. TREASURY ON FIRE THIS AFTERNOON. FIRE STILL RAGING AT 4 O'CLOCK - FIREMEN THOUGHT THEY WOULD CONTROL IT.
Washington, Feb. 8. - Fire which broke out on the roof of the United States Treasury building here late today threatened to reach the test room of the Prohibition Bureau, where explosive chemicals are stored.

The fire was still raging at 4 o'clock and firemen were making strenuous efforts to...Read MORE...



News  1922 - May 30 – In Washington, D.C., the Lincoln Memorial is dedicated.

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May 30, 1922
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News  1925 - August 8 – The Ku Klux Klan demonstrates its popularity by holding a parade in Washington DC;
as many as 40,000 male and female members of the Klan march down Pennsylvania Avenue. In 1925, an estimated 5,000,000 members belong to the Ku Klux Klan, making it the largest fraternal organization in the United States.
www.wikipedia.org
August 8, 1925
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News  1929 - FIVE PEOPLE DIE IN STORE EXPLOSION. FIFTY OTHERS HURT WHEN BLAST WRECKS CAPITAL "FIVE AND TEN."
Washington, Nov. 21. - (UP) - Five persons were dead, more than 30 were in hospitals and more than a score were suffering from less serious injuries tonight as a result of an explosion today in a J. G. McCrory five-and-ten cent store in the crowded downtown shopping district.
The blast tore up the ...Read MORE...



News  1935 - February 22 – Airplanes are banned from flying over the White House.

www.wikipedia.org
February 22, 1935
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January 20, 1937 - The wettest Inaugural Day of record with 1.77 inches of rain in 24 hours. Temperatures were only in the 30s as Franklin D. Roosevelt was sworn in for his second term.

WeatherForYou.com
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News  1937 - July 2 - A guard takes his place at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Washington, D.C.; continuous guard has been maintained there ever since.

www.wikipedia.org
July 2, 1937
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1939 - September 4 - A thunderstorm deluged Washington D.C. with 4.4 inches of rain in two hours.
September of that year was very dry across much of the nation, and Washington D.C. received more rain in that two hour period than most other places in the country that entire month.
WeatherForYou.com
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News  1939 - November 15 – In Washington, D.C., U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt lays the cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial.

www.wikipedia.org
November 15, 1939
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1941 – June 16 - National Airport opens in Washington, DC.
The airlines draw straws to determine who would land at National Airport first and American Airlines wins the honor. The airplane is piloted by Bennett H. Griffin, who becomes the manager of National Airport in 1947.
http://www.independentsentinel.com/
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1963 - I Have a Dream Speech - Martin Luther King's Address at March on Washington August 28, 1963.

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1964 - was the first Presidential election in which Washington residents were able to vote.

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1972 - Watergate

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1972 - Hurricane Agnes
June 21
As Agnes, downgraded to a tropical storm, approaches the Chesapeake Bay, a weak cold front ahead of it dumps one to three inches of rain on the region, on top of an already unusually wet winter and spring. The storm moves into the Washington area, killing 16, flooding thousands of homes,...Read MORE...



1974 - Richard Nixon resigns Presidency over Watergate

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Ancestors Who Were Born Here


Adams
America/USA  Mary Louisa Adams (2 December 1828, Washington, DC, USA - 16 July 1859, , New York, USA) gravestone

Douglass
America/USA  Charles Paul Douglass (1879, Washington, DC, USA - 3 April 1895, Washington, DC, USA)
America/USA  Joseph Henry Douglass (3 July 1869, Washington, DC, USA - 7 December 1935, Washington, DC, USA)

Guthrie
America/USA  Arthur Allen Guthrie (23 March 1949, Washington, DC, USA - 28 February 2001, Falls Church, Virginia, USA) gravestone

Hellen
America/USA  Mary Catherine Hellen (10 September 1806, Washington, DC, USA - 31 August 1870, Washington, DC, USA)

Robb
 America/USA  Priscilla Robb (20 October 1914, Washington, DC, USA - 20 November 2011, Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA )

Rodgers
America/USA  William Kelso Rodgers (1815, Washington, DC, USA - 1877, Cumberland, Allegany, Maryland, USA)

Sprague
America/USA  Rosabelle Mary Sprague (25 September 1877, Washington, DC, USA - , )
 


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Ancestors Who Were Married Here


1828
John Quincy Adams (4 July 1803 - 23 October 1834) & Mary Catherine Hellen (10 September 1806 - 31 August 1870)
married 25 February 1828

1915
Thomas Woodrow Wilson (28 December 1856 - 3 February 1924) & Edith Bolling Galt (abt. 1872 - )
married 18 December 1915

1937
Elliott Allen Billings (22 November 1912 - 7 November 1911) & Priscilla Robb (20 October 1914 - 20 November 2011)
married 5 October 1937

1941
Frederick Whiting Timmerman (24 August 1915 - 06 March 2002) & Myra Josephine Roberts (12 July 1917 - 7 June 2000)
married 08 August 1941
 




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