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5 Fun Facts About January 25 In District Of Columbia History

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1. In 1812, the British invaded the District of Columbia, burning down the White House and other government buildings. This event is known as the Burning of Washington and took place on August 24, 1814.

2. In 1971, the landmark case Bivens v. Six Unknown Named Agents of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics was heard by the United States Supreme Court. The case was important because it established the right of citizens to sue federal officials for damages.

3. On January 25, 1980, the Washington Metro's Orange Line was extended from Rosslyn, Virginia to Ballston (now known as the Ballston-MU station) in Arlington, Virginia. The new station was part of the system's first expansion since opening in 1976.

4. The inauguration of President Barack Obama took place on January 20, 2009, but it was celebrated with a parade in the District of Columbia on January 25 of that year. The parade included performances by high school marching bands, dance groups, and military units, among others.

5. On January 25, 2017, thousands of protesters gathered in the District of Columbia for the Women's March on Washington. The event was held to protest the policies of newly inaugurated President Donald Trump and to promote women's rights and other issues such as immigration and healthcare.
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