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5 Fun Facts About July 15 In Washington History

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1. In 1982, the Washington Metro system extended its service to the Maryland suburbs, introducing the Red Line to riders in Rockville, Shady Grove, and Glenmont.
2. On July 15, 1790, the Residence Act was signed into law by President George Washington, allowing for the creation of a new national capital along the Potomac River.
3. The National Portrait Gallery, which houses a collection of over 23,000 portraits of notable Americans, including presidents, first ladies, artists, and activists, officially opened its doors on July 15, 1968.
4. In 1863, the Battle of Fort Wagner took place off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina, where the 54th Massachusetts Infantry, a regiment comprised of African American soldiers, fought bravely and suffered heavy casualties.
5. In 1994, Major League Baseball held its All-Star Game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland, just a short distance from Washington D.C. The National League defeated the American League 8-7 in a thrilling game that featured home runs by Fred McGriff and Moises Alou.
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