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5 Fun Facts About June 6 In Virginia History

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1. Virginia Colony Founded - On June 6, 1607, the Virginia Company landed on the shores of what is now Virginia, and founded the Jamestown Colony, making it the first permanent English settlement in the New World.

2. Civil War Battle - On June 6, 1864, the Battle of Cold Harbor took place in Hanover County. This was one of the final battles of the Civil War, and resulted in significant casualties on both sides.

3. Jim Crow Laws - On June 6, 1924, Virginia voters approved a new state constitution that included Jim Crow laws, which enforced racial segregation and discrimination. These laws remained in effect until the 1960s.

4. First Female Governor - On June 6, 1993, L. Douglas Wilder was sworn in as Virginia's first African American governor, and the first elected African American governor in the United States.

5. Same-Sex Marriage Legalized - On June 6, 2014, a federal judge ruled that Virginia's same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional, paving the way for same-sex marriage to become legal in the state. This ruling was later upheld by the Supreme Court in its landmark decision in Obergefell v. Hodges.
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