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5 Fun Facts About July 12 In Washington History

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1. In 1790, Washington D.C. was established as the capital of the United States by the Residence Act signed by President George Washington on July 12th, which mandated a new capital city be built along the Potomac River to replace Philadelphia.

2. In 1862, during the Civil War, Union troops under General George B. McClellan repulsed Confederate General Robert E. Lee's second invasion of the North at the Battle of Malvern Hill, which took place near Richmond, Virginia on July 12th.

3. On July 12th, 1957, the United States Marine Band played a vital role in the dedication ceremony of the Air Force Memorial at Arlington Cemetery, performing a specially-commissioned piece called "Air Force Hymn" by Robert Crawford.

4. Former U.S. President Bill Clinton attended a groundbreaking ceremony on July 12th, 2012, for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opened in September 2016 and is located next to the Washington Monument.

5. In 2019, an earthquake in Washington, D.C. on July 12th, with a magnitude of 3.6, caused shaking in the area, but no damage was reported. The earthquake was centered in the same area as a 2010 quake that had a magnitude of 3.2.
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