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5 Fun Facts About February 10 In District Of Columbia History

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1. On February 10, 1898, the USS Maine exploded and sank in Havana, Cuba. The tragedy led to the U.S. declaring war on Spain, which marked the beginning of the Spanish-American War.

2. In 1967, the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building opened on February 10. The building is named after the first African American Supreme Court Justice and houses the administrative offices of the U.S. Courts.

3. February 10, 1986, marked the end of the longest recorded cold wave in D.C. history. The freeze began on December 22, 1985, and lasted for a total of 50 days, causing severe damage to infrastructure and crops in the area.

4. On this day in 2015, former D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray announced his candidacy for a position in the D.C. Council. Gray had previously served as mayor from 2010-2014 and was seeking political office once again.

5. The National Museum of African American History and Culture officially opened to the public on February 10, 2017. The museum, situated on the National Mall, explores the history and culture of African Americans in the United States.
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