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5 Fun Facts About February 20 In District Of Columbia History

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1. In 1801, the District of Columbia was officially placed under the jurisdiction of Congress.
2. On February 20, 1918, the District's first vehicle traffic laws were put into effect.
3. In 1960, a peaceful sit-in was held at a department store lunch counter in downtown D.C, marking the beginning of the civil rights movement in the city.
4. On February 20, 2001, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History re-opened after a two-year renovation.
5. The National Cherry Blossom Festival, which takes place in Washington D.C. every spring, usually starts around late-March to early-April, but the festival once began on February 20th in 1947.
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