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5 Fun Facts About June 21 In District Of Columbia History

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1. On June 21, 1877, the Washington Post published its first daily newspaper. Before then, the paper had been published weekly.

2. June 21, 1964, marked the 20th anniversary of the signing of the GI Bill, which provided education and other benefits to veterans of World War II. The bill had been signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1944.

3. On June 21, 1963, the Supreme Court handed down its landmark decision in the case of Abington School District v. Schempp. The court ruled that public school-sponsored prayer and Bible reading violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

4. In 1986, the National Museum of American History was opened in Washington, D.C. on June 21. The museum is one of the largest museums in the country, with exhibits covering everything from the history of transportation to the history of sports.

5. On June 21, 1932, the Third International Congress on Eugenics opened in New York. Eugenics, defined as the science of improving a human population by controlled breeding to increase the occurrence of desirable heritable characteristics, was a popular concept in the early 20th century. However, its association with Nazi Germany in World War II led to its discrediting as a legitimate scientific field.
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