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5 Fun Facts About October 10 In Virginia History

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1. On October 10, 1730, Sir William Gooch, the lieutenant governor of Virginia, signed a treaty with the Cherokee Indians, opening up new lands in the western part of the colony for settlement.

2. On October 10, 1811, the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia officially opened its doors after a ten-year closure. The college had been closed due to the American Revolution and the subsequent destruction of the campus during the war.

3. In 1863, during the Civil War, Confederate troops under the command of General Robert E. Lee launched an attack on Union forces at Bristoe Station in northern Virginia. The battle lasted for two days, with the Union ultimately repelling the Confederate attack.

4. On October 10, 1927, the town of Marion, Virginia was the site of a riot during a trial of coal miners accused of attacking strikebreakers. The riot resulted in the deaths of six people and led to the creation of the National Guard in Virginia.

5. In 2002, on October 10th, the Virginia General Assembly voted to establish a state holiday in honor of the birth of Columbus Day. This holiday commemorates the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas on October 12, 1492.
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