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5 Fun Facts About August 19 In Washington History

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1. In 1814, British forces entered Washington D.C. and set fire to the White House, Capitol Building, and several other government buildings.
2. In 1909, the first automobile race was held at the newly-built Tacoma Speedway in Washington.
3. In 1916, Everett Massacre took place in which a labor dispute between local shingle workers and their employers turned into a violent confrontation resulting in the deaths of several people.
4. In 1958, the Space Needle, a prominent Seattle landmark icon, opened during the World Fair held in the city.
5. In 1991, Mount St. Helens, a volcano located in Washington, erupted after being dormant for more than a century. The eruption killed 57 people and caused extensive damage to the surrounding area.
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