Washington D.C.

Events

Cornerstone of the new capital building was laid by George Washington

1793

The federal government officially moved to Washington, D.C.

1800

British burned the city during the War of 1812

1812

Slavery was abolished in Washington, D.C.

1862

President James Garfield died, the victim of an assassination in a Washington rail station

1881

Washington Monument opened

1888

More than 200,000 marched on Washington, heard Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, "I Have a Dream" speech

1963

President Reagan shot and nearly killed in assassination attempt

1981

Vietnam Veterans Memorial erected in Constitution Gardens

1982

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum opened near Mall

1993

Terrorists attacked the Pentagon

September 11, 2001

Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States moved into the White House.

2009

Two Metro transit trains crashed, killed nine people

2009

Earthquake in Virginia felt in Washington, D.C. Several buildings were damaged

2011