District of Columbia History Timeline
- (1600) Piscataway American Indians lived in area
- (1790) A bill passed to locate a new capital along the Potomac River. George Washington picked the site
- (1791) French architect Major Pierre-Charles L'Enfant submitted his design
- (1793) Cornerstone of the new capital building was laid by George Washington
- (1800) The federal government officially moved to Washington, D.C.
- (1812) British burned the city during the War of 1812
- (1824) The Marquis de Lafayette was the first foreign dignitary to address the U.S. Congress
- (1862) Slavery was abolished in Washington, D.C.
- (1881) President James Garfield died, the victim of an assassination in a Washington rail station
- (1888) Washington Monument opened
- (1914) The Lincoln Memorial was completed
- (1943) Jefferson Memorial was completed
- (1953) The restoration of the While House was finished
- (1963) More than 200,000 marched on Washington, heard Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, "I Have a Dream" speech
- (1973) Washingtonians given the right to vote for their mayor and city council
- (1981) President Reagan shot and nearly killed in assassination attempt
- (1982) Vietnam Veterans Memorial erected in Constitution Gardens
- (1990) Washington Mayor Marion Barry received jail sentence for cocaine possession
- (1992) House approved statehood for D.C., but Senate did not
- (1993) U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum opened near Mall
- (1997) President Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial was officially dedicated
- (2001) Terrorists attacked the Pentagon
- (2009) George Walker Bush, the 43rd President of the United States moved out of the White House.
- (2009) Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States moved into the White House.
- (2009) Two Metro transit trains crashed, killed nine
- (2010) Major winter storm brought over 24 inches of snow, closed airports, delayed trains
- (2011) Earthquake in Virginia felt in Washington, D.C. Several buildings were damaged
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This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.