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5 Fun Facts About November 18 In District Of Columbia History

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1. On November 18, 1922, the Lincoln Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C. after over a decade of construction. The memorial honors President Abraham Lincoln, and is famous for its grand design and prominent status on the National Mall.

2. In 1978, Congress approved the District of Columbia Voting Rights Amendment, which would have granted voting rights to D.C. residents. However, the amendment fell short of ratification by the required number of states and was ultimately not added to the U.S. Constitution.

3. November 18, 1993 marked an historic day for D.C. sports fans, as the city's new professional basketball team, the Washington Wizards, played their first-ever game at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.

4. On this day in 2006, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian opened on the National Mall. The museum features exhibits and collections dedicated to the history and culture of Native Americans.

5. In 2013, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray officially opened the John A. Wilson Building Plaza, a new public space in front of the D.C. government headquarters. The plaza features seating areas, gardens, and a fountain, and serves as a gathering place for residents and visitors alike.
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