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5 Fun Facts About February 5 In District Of Columbia History

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1. In 1887, the Washington Monument in D.C. was completed, making it the tallest structure at the time. The monument stands at 555 feet tall and was built in honor of the nation's first president, George Washington.

2. On February 5, 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt announced his proposal to pack the Supreme Court with additional justices. This controversial plan was met with opposition and ultimately failed to pass.

3. The African American Civil War Memorial was dedicated on February 5, 1998, in honor of the African American soldiers who fought in the American Civil War. The memorial stands in the Shaw neighborhood of D.C.

4. In 2003, D.C. became the first place in the United States to legalize same-sex marriage. However, the law was later nullified by the federal government and it wasn't until 2015 that same-sex marriage was legalized nationwide.

5. On February 5, 2019, D.C. became the second U.S. jurisdiction to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour. This change in minimum wage was a result of the Fair Shot Minimum Wage Amendment Act of 2016.
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