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5 Fun Facts About February 6 In District Of Columbia History

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1. On February 6, 1933, the 20th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, which moved the inauguration of the president from March 4 to January 20. This was done to shorten the lame duck period between the election and inauguration.

2. On February 6, 1952, the African American opera singer Marian Anderson became the first person of color to perform at the Metropolitan Opera in Washington, D.C. She sang the role of Ulrica in Verdi’s “Un ballo in maschera.”

3. On February 6, 1978, the National Air and Space Museum opened its doors to the public in Washington, D.C. The museum is home to many historical aircraft and spacecraft, including the Wright Brothers' plane and the Apollo 11 command module.

4. On February 6, 1987, President Ronald Reagan signed legislation that created the position of Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. The first person to hold the position was Robert Penn Warren.

5. On February 6, 2018, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. held a memorial service for former Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham, who passed away in 2001. The memorial featured speeches by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and journalist Bob Woodward.
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