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5 Fun Facts About October 14 In Virginia History

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1. On October 14, 1644, the Battle of Agincourt was fought in Virginia during the English Civil War, with Royalist forces under Sir William Berkeley defeating the Parliamentarians under Richard Ingle.

2. The Virginia Convention declared Virginia's independence from Great Britain on October 14, 1776, making Virginia the first state to do so.

3. On October 14, 1793, the cornerstone for the United States Capitol building was laid in Washington, D.C., which was then part of Virginia.

4. The Virginia State Capitol building was destroyed by fire on October 14, 1870, leading to its reconstruction in its current form.

5. In 1939, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts was formally opened in Richmond on October 14, making it the first state-supported art museum in the United States.
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