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5 Fun Facts About March 28 In Virginia History

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1. On March 28, 1815, the Virginia General Assembly established the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) in Lexington, Virginia. VMI is the oldest state-supported military college in the United States and has a renowned reputation for producing outstanding graduates.

2. March 28, 1897, marked the birth of Virginia-born artist, Jackson Pollock in Cody, Wyoming. While he would later become known for his abstract expressionist paintings, Pollock studied art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago before moving to New York City, where he made his breakthrough in the 1940s.

3. The world-famous Arlington National Cemetery, situated in Arlington, Virginia, was founded on March 28, 1864, by a congressional act. The cemetery, which is the resting place of military veterans, presidents, and other notable figures, serves as a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by those who served in the United States armed forces.

4. Virginia-born rock star, Lady Gaga, was born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, on March 28, 1986. The multi-talented artist is known for her outspoken personality, fashion sense, and her music, which has won her numerous accolades and awards.

5. On March 28, 1862, Union forces under General George B. McClellan defeated Confederate forces led by General John Bankhead Magruder in the Battle of Glendale in Henrico County, Virginia. The battle was part of the larger Seven Days Battles, which were fought in and around Richmond, Virginia, during the American Civil War.
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