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5 Fun Facts About October 7 In Washington History

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1. On October 7, 1763, Chief Pontiac and his allies concluded a peace treaty at Fort Ontario in present-day Oswego, New York with the British, ending Pontiac's War, which had been raging for two years. The war was a conflict between Native American tribes and the British Empire over control of the Ohio River Valley.

2. On October 7, 1847, the Washington National Monument Society received the first installment of a $5,000 donation from the Mexican government as a gesture of gratitude for the assistance of American soldiers during the Mexican-American War. The donation helped to fund the construction of the monument, which was completed in 1884.

3. On October 7, 1889, the first meeting of the Washington State Constitutional Convention was held in Olympia, Washington. The convention lasted for 69 days and resulted in the adoption of a new state constitution on July 4, 1889, just in time for Washington to become the 42nd state in the United States on November 11, 1889.

4. On October 7, 1913, Calbraith Perry Rodgers, the first person to fly coast-to-coast across the United States, crashed his plane in Seattle, Washington, after completing his journey from New York City. Rodgers flew a Wright EX biplane named Vin Fiz, and his journey took him 49 days, during which he made 70 stops.

5. On October 7, 1998, Washington State University quarterback Ryan Leaf was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault for an incident in which he allegedly grabbed a reporter by the throat and shoved him into a wall. Leaf was one of the most highly touted college football players in the country at the time, but his college and professional careers were largely disappointing.
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