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5 Fun Facts About February 19 In District Of Columbia History

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1. In 1801, President Thomas Jefferson was officially inaugurated for his first term in office at the Capitol building in Washington D.C.

2. In 1861, Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated as the 16th President of the United States for his first term in office in Washington D.C. The inauguration was held at the East Portico of the Capitol building.

3. In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which authorized the forced relocation and internment of Japanese Americans living on the West Coast of the United States during World War II. This order had a significant impact on the Japanese American community in the District of Columbia, as many Japanese Americans were forced to give up their homes and businesses in the region.

4. In 1979, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution to extend the deadline for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), which aimed to provide equal rights under the law regardless of sex. The District of Columbia was one of the first jurisdictions to ratify the ERA in 1978.

5. In 2013, Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray signed legislation that legalized same-sex marriage in the District of Columbia. The city became one of several jurisdictions in the United States to recognize and legalize same-sex marriage.
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