1. On December 13, 1918, the Washington Grove station of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad caught fire in Maryland. Firefighters from Washington, D.C., assisted in responding to the blaze.
2. In 1933, the District of Columbia legalized the sale of beer after Prohibition was repealed. The lifting of the ban on beer sales was celebrated on December 13 that year.
3. On December 13, 1968, the Smithsonian American Art Museum opened its doors to the public for the first time. The museum is home to one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of art in the United States.
4. The United States Capitol Building was partially destroyed by fire on December 13, 1814 during the War of 1812. The fire was started by British forces and resulted in significant damage to the building.
5. The District of Columbia achieved Home Rule on December 13, 1973, granting the District greater control over its own affairs. The move allowed the District to elect its own mayor and city council for the first time in over a century.
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