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5 Fun Facts About October 11 In District Of Columbia History

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1. On October 11, 1958, pioneering civil rights activist Daisy Elizabeth Adams Lampkin passed away in Washington, D.C. Lampkin was a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) for over 30 years and served as the organization’s national field secretary.

2. In 1970, the newly formed Earth Day Network held its first national conference in Washington, D.C. The conference aimed to raise awareness about environmental issues and promote sustainable ways of living. Today, Earth Day is celebrated worldwide on April 22.

3. On October 11, 2002, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. unveiled a newly renovated gallery space dedicated to the work of Frida Kahlo. The exhibit featured over 30 of Kahlo’s paintings, drawings, and other works of art.

4. The Washington Post reported on October 11, 2006, that a newly discovered asteroid had been named after a Washington, D.C. resident. The asteroid, officially known as 2006 TX124, was named after Adriana Ocampo, a scientist who worked on several NASA missions, including the Mars Pathfinder and the New Horizons mission to Pluto.

5. In 2014, the D.C. Rollergirls won the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) East Region Championship. The roller derby team, founded in 2006, competes against other teams from around the world and has become a popular spectator sport in Washington, D.C.
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