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5 Fun Facts About July 19 In District Of Columbia History

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1. On July 19, 1814, British forces invaded Washington, D.C. and set fire to the Capitol building and the White House.

2. In 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed into law the Wade-Davis Bill, which established strict Reconstruction policies for the former Confederate states.

3. July 19, 1963 marked the culmination of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic "I Have a Dream" speech.

4. In 1985, the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department became the first in the nation to employ a drug-sniffing dog program.

5. On July 19, 2019, the Washington Nationals held their first LGBTQ+ pride night at Nationals Park, featuring special performances and appearances by LGBTQ+ organizations.
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