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5 Fun Facts About March 23 In Virginia History

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1. On March 23, 1775, Patrick Henry delivered his famous "Give me Liberty or Give me Death" speech at St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia. The speech galvanized support for the American Revolution in Virginia and beyond.

2. On March 23, 1862, the Battle of Kernstown took place in Winchester, Virginia during the American Civil War. Despite being outnumbered, Confederate forces under General "Stonewall" Jackson defeated Union forces in a surprise attack.

3. On March 23, 1908, University of Virginia student Edgar Allan Poe died in Baltimore, Maryland. Poe is considered one of the greatest American writers of all time, and his works are studied extensively to this day.

4. On March 23, 1924, the Virginia General Assembly passed the Racial Integrity Act, which prohibited interracial marriage and defined the racial categories of "white" and "colored." The law remained in effect until 1967, when it was overturned by the Supreme Court.

5. On March 23, 2019, the Virginia Cavaliers won their first NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament championship. The team, coached by Tony Bennett, defeated the Texas Tech Red Raiders 85-77 in overtime.
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