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5 Fun Facts About September 13 In Washington History

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1) On September 13, 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed a bill granting statehood to Washington, D.C. The bill gave the district limited self-governance and a non-voting delegate to Congress, but it did not give D.C. full rights of statehood.

2) In 1994, Seattle Mariners outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. became the youngest player in baseball history to hit 40 home runs in a season at the age of 24. The milestone came on September 13th in a game against the California Angels.

3) On September 13, 1918, 200 Seattle police officers went on strike, leading to riots and violence throughout the city. The strike lasted for five days until the state National Guard was called in to restore order.

4) In 1967, the first Boeing 737 prototype took its inaugural flight from Renton Municipal Airport in Washington. The aircraft went on to become the best-selling commercial jetliner in history, with over 10,000 units produced.

5) On September 13, 1994, the Seattle Art Museum opened its new downtown location designed by architect Robert Venturi. The building features a distinctive postmodern design with an ornamental "art deco" façade and a strikingly asymmetrical shape.
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