Here are 5 interesting facts about March 29 in District Of Columbia history:
1. In 1790, Congress passed the Residence Act, which established Washington D.C. as the site of the new capital city. This decision paved the way for D.C. to become a center of government and politics.
2. In 1938, the Cherry Blossom Festival began in D.C. to celebrate the gift of cherry blossom trees from the mayor of Tokyo to the city of Washington in 1912. The festival is now a major tourist attraction, drawing millions of visitors each year.
3. In 1867, the U.S. government purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million. While Alaska is not technically part of the District of Columbia, the purchase of this territory significantly expanded the size and influence of the U.S.
4. In 1910, the first Boy Scout troop was formed in D.C. The Boy Scouts remain a popular youth organization to this day, with thousands of members in the D.C. area alone.
5. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter signed the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), commonly known as the Superfund. This legislation authorized the cleanup of hazardous waste sites around the country, including several in the D.C. area.
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