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5 Fun Facts About November 8 In District Of Columbia History

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1) On November 8, 1800, the Capitol building in Washington D.C. was nearly completed. It would go on to serve as the meeting place for the United States Congress.
2) In 1933, construction began on the Lincoln Tunnel, connecting New Jersey to Manhattan. The project was a WPA (Works Progress Administration) initiative and took 7 years to complete.
3) On November 8, 1960, John F. Kennedy won the presidency, becoming the first Catholic president in U.S. history. Kennedy's victory was particularly significant in D.C., as the city had not been allowed to vote in presidential elections until the passage of the 23rd Amendment in 1961.
4) The Washington D.C. Chinatown was established on November 8, 1888, when the "Hop Kee" restaurant opened on Pennsylvania Avenue. Today, the neighborhood is known for its bustling market, cultural events, and annual Chinese New Year celebration.
5) In 2005, the National Museum of the American Indian opened on November 8. Located on the National Mall, the museum houses over 800,000 artifacts, artwork, and media representing Native American cultures from across the Americas.
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