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5 Fun Facts About November 5 In District Of Columbia History

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1. In 1872, the first African-American Lieutenant Governor elected in the United States was John W. Stevenson, who served in the District of Columbia.
2. The first automobile race in the District of Columbia took place on November 5, 1898, on a track in Brightwood Park.
3. In 1939, the first commercial airline flight to Washington National Airport (now Reagan National Airport) landed on November 5, flown by American Airlines.
4. On November 5, 1952, Dwight Eisenhower became the first Republican presidential candidate to win the District of Columbia since Reconstruction.
5. The District of Columbia Voting Rights Act was introduced in Congress on November 5, 2003, seeking to grant voting representation in the U.S. House of Representatives to the District of Columbia.
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