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5 Fun Facts About October 21 In Washington History

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1. In 1790, the first session of the Supreme Court of the United States was held in New York City, which was then the capital of the United States. The court was established by the Judiciary Act of 1789, which was signed into law by President George Washington on September 24, 1789.

2. In 1861, the Battle of Ball's Bluff was fought near Leesburg, Virginia, just 40 miles west of Washington, D.C. This was one of the early battles of the American Civil War and resulted in a Union defeat. The Union commander, Colonel Edward D. Baker, was killed in action, making him the only sitting U.S. senator to be killed in combat.

3. In 1967, the Washington Senators played their final game at RFK Stadium, losing to the Minnesota Twins 3-0. The Senators would move to Arlington, Texas in 1972 and become the Texas Rangers. RFK Stadium would continue to host various events, including concerts and soccer games, until it was demolished in 2020.

4. In 1991, Washington, D.C. held its first-ever fashion week, featuring local designers and fashion shows throughout the city. The event was created to showcase the city's fashion industry and promote its appeal as a destination for fashion enthusiasts.

5. In 2019, the Washington Nationals won their first-ever National League pennant, advancing to the World Series for the first time in franchise history. The team would go on to win the World Series, defeating the Houston Astros in seven games. The championship was the first major sports championship for Washington, D.C. in 26 years.
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