1. In 1804, the Washington D.C. Public Library was founded. It was initially started as a subscription library, with members paying a fee to borrow books. Today, the library is free and open to the public.
2. In 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill into law that abolished slavery in the District of Columbia. This was one of the first steps towards the eventual abolition of slavery in the United States.
3. In 1871, Congress passed an act that revoked the charters of the city of Washington and the neighboring city of Georgetown, and merged them into a single entity known as the District of Columbia. This change gave the federal government more control over the District.
4. In 1957, the Cherry Blossom Festival was first held in Washington D.C. The festival was originally intended to celebrate the gift of cherry blossom trees from the Japanese government, but has since expanded to include cultural performances and events.
5. In 1984, the National Museum of American History officially opened to the public. The museum is dedicated to exploring the history and culture of the United States, and contains a wide variety of exhibits and artifacts, including the original Star-Spangled Banner flag.
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