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5 Fun Facts About September 30 In District Of Columbia History

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1. The District of Columbia was established on September 30, 1791. This was when President George Washington signed the bill passed by Congress that established the federal district as the capital of the United States.

2. On September 30, 1927, the long-awaited dedication of the Lincoln Memorial took place in Washington, D.C. The event was attended by President Calvin Coolidge, members of Congress, and 50,000 spectators.

3. September 30, 1965, was the day that President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities Act into law. This act established the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, which provide funding for cultural organizations and projects across the United States.

4. In 1982, Washington, D.C. mayor Marion Barry declared September 30 to be "Ray Charles Day" in honor of the legendary musician, who was born on that day in 1930. A concert was held at RFK Stadium to celebrate the occasion.

5. On September 30, 2013, the U.S. government shut down due to a funding dispute in Congress. This shutdown lasted for 16 days and caused significant disruptions to government operations and services in Washington, D.C. and across the country.
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