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5 Fun Facts About October 13 In Virginia History

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1. In 1776, the Virginia Constitution was adopted, making Virginia the first state to create a written constitution. The document included a Bill of Rights and divided power among three branches of government.

2. In 1792, the cornerstone of the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond was laid. Designed by Thomas Jefferson, the building served as the Capitol of the Confederacy during the Civil War and is now a National Historic Landmark.

3. In 1928, the first radio broadcast of Virginia Tech football occurred on October 13. The Hokies defeated the University of Virginia 24-0 in the game, which aired on WDBJ in Roanoke.

4. In 1972, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled in the case of Loving v. Virginia that laws banning interracial marriage were unconstitutional. The case, brought by Richard and Mildred Loving, helped strike down similar laws in other states.

5. In 2010, the National Museum of the Marine Corps opened in Quantico, Virginia on October 13. The museum features exhibits on the history of the Marine Corps, including its involvement in major conflicts such as World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.
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