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5 Fun Facts About January 10 In District Of Columbia History

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1. In 1862, the US federal government authorized the construction of a military road between Arlington, Virginia and Fort Washington, Maryland. This road played a vital role in military operations during the American Civil War, and it remains an important transportation route in the District of Columbia area today.

2. In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave a speech to Congress outlining his vision for a "Four Freedoms" program, which included freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. This speech was a major precursor to the United States' entry into World War II.

3. In 1982, the Washington Redskins won Super Bowl XVII, defeating the Miami Dolphins 27-17. This was the Redskins' first Super Bowl victory since 1942, and it remains a highlight of the team's history.

4. In 2011, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Snyder v. Phelps, which centered around the Westboro Baptist Church's infamous "God Hates Fags" protests at military funerals. The court eventually ruled in favor of the Westboro Baptist Church, citing First Amendment protections for freedom of speech.

5. In 2019, the District of Columbia became the first jurisdiction in the United States to offer a non-binary gender option on state-issued identification documents. This move was widely praised as a step forward in recognizing the rights of transgender and non-binary individuals.
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