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5 Fun Facts About June 23 In Washington History

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1. In 1812, British forces under Admiral George Cockburn raided the town of Hampton, Virginia, burning it to the ground. The attack was retaliation for American raids on Canadian towns during the War of 1812.

2. In 1873, the Washington state constitution was adopted by a convention of 75 delegates in Olympia. The document established the framework for the state government and remains the highest law of the state today.

3. In 1888, the famous Tacoma Hotel was destroyed by a fire. The hotel was one of the largest in the West and had attracted many famous guests, including President Rutherford B. Hayes.

4. In 1984, University of Washington rower Joe McDonough collapsed and died shortly after winning a race in Pocock Rowing Center. A medical examination revealed that he had an undiagnosed heart defect, and his death prompted the university to implement a rigorous screening process for all rowers.

5. In 2016, Seattle's iconic University Village shopping center suffered a devastating fire that destroyed several stores and caused over $35 million in damage. The fire was caused by an electrical malfunction in a power transformer and forced many businesses to relocate or close permanently.
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