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5 Fun Facts About March 6 In Washington History

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1. In 1854, the Washington Territory was created. The territory was carved out of the Oregon Territory and included the region west of the Rocky Mountains and north of the Columbia River.

2. In 1869, the U.S. Senate ratified the 15th Amendment to the Constitution, which prohibited the denial of voting rights based on race, color, or previous condition of servitude. This was an important milestone in the fight for civil rights in America.

3. In 1913, the Women's Suffrage Parade took place in Washington, D.C. on March 3rd. However, the day after the parade, on March 6th, a group of suffragettes attempted to meet with President Woodrow Wilson to present their demands for voting rights. The president refused to see them, but their actions helped to bring attention to the cause of women's suffrage.

4. In 1975, the movie "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor for Jack Nicholson. The movie was based on a novel by Ken Kesey and was set in a mental institution in Washington.

5. In 2006, former Washington state Governor Dixy Lee Ray passed away at the age of 83. Ray was the first woman governor of the state, serving from 1977-1981. She was known for her strong support of nuclear energy and her opposition to environmental regulations.
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