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5 Fun Facts About September 7 In District Of Columbia History

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1. On September 7, 1968, civil rights leader Stokely Carmichael spoke at a rally in Washington D.C. after the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. In his speech, he called for Black power and criticized the moderate approach of civil rights leaders, sparking controversy and debate within the movement.

2. In 1814, during the War of 1812, British troops entered Washington D.C. and set fire to many government buildings, including the White House and the Capitol. This event, known as the Burning of Washington, was a major blow to American morale and a turning point in the war.

3. On September 7, 1999, the District of Columbia Control Board voted to approve the new Nationals Park stadium, which would become the home of the Washington Nationals baseball team. The stadium cost $611 million and opened in 2008.

4. In 1977, on September 7th, President Jimmy Carter signed the Panama Canal Treaty, which returned control of the Panama Canal to Panama after being under American control since 1903. The treaty marked a significant shift in American foreign policy.

5. On September 7, 1927, Ruth Nichols became the first woman to fly across the country solo, departing from Roosevelt Field in New York and arriving in Los Angeles five days later. Nichols was a pioneering aviator and set several aviation records throughout her career.
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