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5 Fun Facts About March 3 In Virginia History

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1. In 1863, Union forces occupied the town of Warrenton, VA during the Civil War. The town was strategically important for both sides during the conflict.

2. On March 3, 1936, the Virginia General Assembly passed a new state constitution which included a provision allowing for the governor to be elected by popular vote rather than by the state legislature.

3. In 1959, the University of Virginia Medical Center opened its doors, providing advanced healthcare and medical education to the people of Virginia.

4. On March 3, 1980, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling in the case of Stone v. Graham, which declared unconstitutional a Kentucky law requiring the Ten Commandments to be posted in public school classrooms.

5. In 2002, the Virginia General Assembly officially recognized the city of Staunton, VA as the birthplace of President Woodrow Wilson. A museum dedicated to Wilson and his legacy is located in the city.
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