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5 Fun Facts About March 25 In District Of Columbia History

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1. On March 25, 1814, during the War of 1812, British forces under the command of General Robert Ross burned down the White House, the Capitol Building, and several other government buildings in Washington D.C.

2. March 25, 1841, marked the signing of the “Alexandria Charter” which was a legal document that ended Alexandria's status as an independent city and merged it with the District of Columbia.

3. In 1913, the Tidal Basin in Washington D.C. was authorized by an act of Congress on March 25th. The Tidal Basin is a man-made body of water that sits below the Washington Monument and is famously ringed by cherry blossom trees.

4. On March 25, 1965, over 25,000 people marched to the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C. as part of the Selma to Montgomery civil rights march led by Martin Luther King Jr. The demonstration helped bring the issue of voting rights for African Americans to national attention.

5. March 25, 1975, marks the completion of the Washington Metro (commonly known as the DC Metro), which is a rapid transit system serving the District of Columbia and parts of Maryland and Virginia. The Metro is the second busiest rapid transit system in the United States.
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