Washington DC Timeline History

The United States Capitol after the burning of Washington in the War of 1812. Watercolor and ink depiction from 1814

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Washington DC is not a state, but a federal district as specified by Article I, Section 8 of the United States Constitution

arrow 1600: Piscataway American Indians live in area

arrow 1790: A bill passes to locate a new capital along the Potomac River. George Washington picks the site

arrow 1791: French architect Major Pierre-Charles L'Enfant submits his design

arrow 1793: Cornerstone of the capital building laid by George Washington

arrow 1800: The federal government officially moves to Washington, D.C.

arrow 1812: British burn the city during the War of 1812

arrow 1824: The Marquis de Lafayette is the first foreign dignitary to address the congress

arrow 1862: Slavery is abolished in Washington, D.C.

arrow 1865: President Abraham Lincoln assassinated

arrow 1881: President James Garfield dies, the victim of an assassination in a Washington rail station

arrow 1888: Washington Monument opens

arrow 1914: The Lincoln Memorial is completed

arrow 1943: Jefferson Memorial is completed

arrow 1953: The complete restoration of the While House is finished

arrow 1973: Washingtonians are given the right to vote for their mayor and city council

arrow 1990: Washington Mayor Marion Barry received jail sentence for cocaine possession

arrow 1992: House approves statehood for D.C., but Senate does not

arrow 2001: Terrorist attack the Pentagon

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