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5 Fun Facts About December 9 In District Of Columbia History

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1. In 1835, the Great Fire of Washington occurred on December 9, destroying much of the city.

2. On December 9, 1851, the Standard Time Act was passed, which established standard time zones across the United States.

3. The United States Naval Observatory was founded on December 9, 1830, in Washington D.C. It is the oldest scientific agency in the United States.

4. The District of Columbia Emancipation Act was signed into law on December 9, 1862, by President Abraham Lincoln, freeing more than 3,100 slaves in the District.

5. In 1987, the Metro Green Line opened in Washington D.C., connecting the Navy Yard and Anacostia neighborhoods.
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