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5 Fun Facts About February 21 In District Of Columbia History

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1. 1865: The Freedmen's Bureau established
Following the end of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln created the Freedmen's Bureau to provide assistance to newly freed slaves. On February 21, 1865, the bureau was officially established by an act of Congress.

2. 1965: Malcolm X delivers a speech at Howard University
Civil rights leader Malcolm X spoke at Howard University on February 21, 1965. His speech, titled "Not just an American problem, but a world problem," addressed the struggle for civil rights not only in the United States but also around the world.

3. 1972: The Washington Post publishes the Pentagon Papers
On February 21, 1972, The Washington Post published an article based on the Pentagon Papers, a classified report on the Vietnam War compiled by the Department of Defense. The publication of the papers caused a national controversy and led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.

4. 2015: Snowmageddon hits DC
On February 21, 2015, a massive winter storm known as "Snowmageddon" hit Washington D.C. and the surrounding areas. The storm dropped more than two feet of snow in some places, causing widespread power outages and transportation disruptions.

5. 2018: National School Walkout to protest gun violence
On February 21, 2018, students across the United States participated in a National School Walkout to protest gun violence following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Thousands of students in the District of Columbia joined the walkout, calling for gun control measures to be implemented to prevent future tragedies.
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