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5 Fun Facts About December 4 In Virginia History

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1. On December 4, 1941, the United States entered into World War II following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Virginia played a significant role in the war effort, with its shipyards and military bases contributing to the Allied victory.

2. On December 4, 1835, Alexandria officially became a city in Virginia. Prior to this, it had been a bustling port town with a rich history dating back to colonial times.

3. December 4, 1968, marked the opening of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. The museum is now one of the largest comprehensive art museums in the United States, with a collection spanning over 5,000 years of art history.

4. On December 4, 1906, the famous African American educator and civil rights leader, Booker T. Washington, spoke at Virginia Polytechnic Institute (now Virginia Tech) as part of his nationwide speaking tour. This event helped to highlight the importance of education as a means of achieving racial equality.

5. Finally, on December 4, 1975, the Virginia General Assembly voted to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the U.S. Constitution. Virginia was the 35th state to do so, and the amendment was later ratified by a total of 38 states. Despite this, the amendment was never added to the Constitution due to opposition from some conservative groups.
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