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Washington, DC, USA - Fort Washington
Picturesque America... Oliver Bell Bunce, William Cullen Bryant
New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1872-1874.
Washington, DC, USA

Fort Washington
Picturesque America... Oliver Bell Bunce, William Cullen Bryant
New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1872-1874.
Washington, DC, USA - Thomas Circle
Washington, DC, USA

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Washington, DC, USA - 1896 advertisement

The Betz
Turkish-Russian (folding) Medicated Vapor Bath
The Anderson Vapor Bath Co,
319 Seventh Street Northwest
Washington, D.C.

The Morning Times
Washington, District of Columbia
July 3, 1896
Washington, DC, USA

1896 advertisement

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Washington, DC, USA - Famous Japanese Cherry Blossoms, Washington, D.C.
Washington, DC, USA

Famous Japanese Cherry Blossoms, Washington, D.C.
Washington, DC, USA - Library of Congress
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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...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...Read MORE...

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 ...Read MORE...

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 ...Read MORE...

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

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

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February 23, 1861
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...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...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...Read MORE...

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...Read MORE...

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...Read MORE...

1884 - December 6 – The Washington Monument is completed in Washington, D.C., becoming the tallest structure in the world at this date.

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

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June 2, 1886
News  1888 - January 13 – The National Geographic Society is founded in Washington, D.C..

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

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October 9, 1888
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
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.

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June 2, 1889
News  1890 - October 11 – In Washington, D.C., the Daughters of the American Revolution is founded.

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October 11, 1890
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...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 ...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 ...Read MORE...

News  1898 - The Highest Monument in the world is in Washington, D.C.
It was erected in honor of George Washington. It is 555 feet high, 55 feet square at the base, and...Read MORE...

February 12, 1899 - Washington D.C. hit 15 degrees below zero.

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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...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...Read MORE...

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

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January 28, 1902
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...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...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...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.
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News  1915 - February 12 – In Washington, D.C., the first stone of the Lincoln Memorial is put into place.

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February 12, 1915
1922 - "The Knickerbocker Storm"
January 27-28, 1922
The Knickerbocker Storm battered the upper South and middle Atlantic United...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...Read MORE...

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

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May 30, 1922
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...Read MORE...

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...Read MORE...

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

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February 22, 1935
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.

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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.

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July 2, 1937
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...Read MORE...

News  1939 - November 15 – In Washington, D.C., U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt lays the cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial.

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November 15, 1939
News  1941 – June 16 - National Airport opens in Washington, DC.
The airlines draw straws to determine who would land at National Airport first and American...Read MORE...

1963 - I Have a Dream Speech - Martin Luther King's Address at March on Washington August 28, 1963.

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

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1972 - Watergate

1972 - Hurricane Agnes
June 21
As Agnes, downgraded to a tropical storm, approaches the Chesapeake Bay, a weak cold front ...Read MORE...

1974 - Richard Nixon resigns Presidency over Watergate


Ancestors Who Were Born Here


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

Barrett
flag  John Berchmans BARRETT (1 June 1886, Washington, DC, USA - 29 March 1905, Tucson, Arizona, USA)

Carlon
flag  John CARLON (1803, Washington, DC, USA - 15 April 1856, Norfolk, Virginia, USA)

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

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

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

Johnston
flag  James Henry JOHNSTON (1830, Washington, DC, USA - 10 May 1856, Norfolk, Virginia, USA)

Keating
flag  John W. KEATING (1857, Washington, DC, USA - 11 October 1878, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)
flag  Thomas M. KEATING (1857, Washington, DC, USA - 21 November 1879, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)

Robb
 flag  Priscilla ROBB (20 October 1914, Washington, DC, USA - 20 November 2011, Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA (N., E., W.) (Teaticket) (Woods Hole))

Rodgers
flag  William Kelso RODGERS (1815, Washington, DC, USA - 1877, Cumberland, Allegany, Maryland, USA)

Sprague
flag  Rosabelle Mary SPRAGUE (25 September 1877, Washington, DC, USA - , ) gravestone

Thomas
flag  Margaret THOMAS (1844, Washington, DC, USA - 7 January 1872, Marquette, Michigan, USA)
 

Ancestors Who Died Here

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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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