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5 Fun Facts About June 23 In Virginia History

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1. On June 23, 1864, the Battle of Saint Mary's Church was fought during the American Civil War. It was part of General Grant's Overland Campaign and marked a significant victory for the Union Army.

2. In 1931, Virginia Governor John Garland Pollard established the Virginia Department of Veterans Services to provide support for veterans and their families. Today, the department provides a wide range of services and assistance programs to over 700,000 veterans living in the state.

3. On June 23, 1972, the United States Supreme Court ruled in the case of Furman v. Georgia that the death penalty as it was being administered at the time was unconstitutional. The decision caused a nationwide moratorium on the death penalty that lasted for several years.

4. In 2006, Virginia native and basketball player Ricky Stokes was named head coach of the Virginia Tech men's basketball team. Stokes had previously played for the Hokies and was the first African American head coach of the team.

5. On June 23, 2015, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) announced plans to build a new bridge over the Rappahannock River between Fredericksburg and Stafford County. The project, which is expected to cost over $100 million, will help alleviate traffic congestion in the area and improve safety for commuters.
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