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5 Fun Facts About January 22 In District Of Columbia History

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1. In 1973, the Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion nationwide, was handed down on January 22.

2. On January 22, 1852, the first professional franchise for African American baseball players was established in Washington D.C. The team was called the "Negro League."

3. The National Museum of the American Indian opened its doors on January 22, 2004, in Washington, D.C.

4. On January 22, 1901, Queen Victoria died, and the U.S Capitol and White House flags were flown at half-mast to mark her passing.

5. On January 22, 1978, Amelia Earhart's plane was found in the Pacific Ocean, 40 years after she disappeared while attempting a round-the-world flight. The discovery was made by a team of scientists from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.
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