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5 Fun Facts About August 29 In Virginia History

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1. On August 29, 1758, Fort Duquesne (located in present-day Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) was captured by British and colonial forces during the French and Indian War. This victory paved the way for British control of the Ohio River Valley.

2. In 1814, the USS Constitution defeated the British ship HMS Cyane and captured the HMS Levant during the War of 1812. This naval victory was a significant moment for the United States and boosted morale during the conflict.

3. August 29, 1850 marked the opening of the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia. The military college has produced many notable alumni, including Confederate General "Stonewall" Jackson and former U.S. Secretary of State George C. Marshall.

4. On August 29, 1935, the Commonwealth of Virginia officially adopted its state flag, which features the state seal against a blue background with the Latin motto "Sic Semper Tyrannis" (thus always to tyrants). The flag has remained unchanged since its adoption.

5. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana, causing widespread destruction and flooding. While Virginia was not directly impacted by the storm, the state sent emergency responders to assist with rescue and recovery efforts in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.
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