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5 Fun Facts About December 12 In District Of Columbia History

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1. On December 12, 1901, President Theodore Roosevelt delivered a historic speech at the Pan-American Union headquarters in Washington, D.C. In his speech, he urged the nations of the Americas to work together towards greater economic and political cooperation.

2. In 1963, on December 12, the Washington Post reported on the state of civil rights protests in the city. Demonstrations had been ongoing since the March on Washington in August of that year, but tensions had escalated after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

3. December 12, 1974, marked the signing of the Home Rule Act for the District of Columbia. The groundbreaking legislation granted the city greater powers of self-government, including the ability to elect its own mayor and city council.

4. On December 12, 2011, the Washington Monument was reopened to the public after being closed for repairs for nearly three years. The iconic obelisk had sustained damage in an earthquake that struck the region in August 2011.

5. In 2018, December 12 was proclaimed "Onigiri Day" in Washington, D.C. The holiday celebrates the Japanese rice ball snack and was officially recognized by the mayor of the city. A festival was held in the city's Union Market to mark the occasion.
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