Washington, D.C. in History (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 225

  • 1947-01-01 WTTG TV channel 5 in Washington, D.C. (MET) begins broadcasting
  • 1947-06-27 WRC TV channel 4 in Washington, D.C. (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1947-10-03 WMAL (now WJLA) TV channel 7 in Washington, D.C. (ABC) begins
  • 1948-09-24 Mildred Gillars (Axis Sally), an American broadcaster employed by the Third Reich in Nazi Germany to proliferate propaganda during World War II, pleads not guilty to eight chargs of treason in Washington, D.C.
  • 1948-10-21 Facsimile high-speed radio transmission demonstrated (Washington, D.C.)
  • 1949-01-16 WTOP (now WUSA) TV channel 9 in Washington, D.C. (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1949-04-04 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) treaty signed in Washington DC
  • 1950-01-15 4,000 attend National Emergency Civil Rights Conference in Washington, D.C.
  • 1950-02-20 WOL-AM in Washington, D.C. swaps calls with WWDC
  • 1950-10-31 Collazo & Torresola attempt to assassinate Harry Truman in Washington, D.C.
  • 1951-05-24 Racial segregation in Washington, D.C. restaurants ruled illegal
  • 1953-01-15 16 car Federal Express train loses brakes & crashes in Washington, D.C. station

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1953-04-17 Mickey Mantle hits a 565' (172 m) HR in Washington, D.C.'s Griffith Stadium

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1953-06-07 Mary Terrell wins struggle to end segregation in Washington, D.C. restaurants
  • 1954-09-07 Integration begins in Washington, D.C. & Balt MD public schools
  • 1954-09-27 School integration begins in Washington, D.C. & Baltimore Md public schools
  • 1954-11-22 Humane Society (US) forms in Washington DC
  • 1956-07-10 23rd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-3 at Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C.
  • 1956-08-24 1st non-stop transcontinental helicopter flight arrived Washington, D.C.
  • 1956-09-14 1st prefrontal lobotomy performed in Washington, D.C.
  • 1957-01-20 Morton Gould's "Declaration" premieres in Washington, D.C.

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1957-04-09 Howard Hanson's "Song of Democracy" premieres in Washington, D.C.

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson
  • 1959-04-14 (Robert) Taft Memorial Bell Tower dedicated in Washington DC
  • 1960-01-28 1st photograph bounced off Moon, Washington, D.C.
  • 1960-04-21 Founding of the Orthodox Bahá'í Faith in Washington, D.C.
  • 1960-10-26 AL approves Washington Senators move to become Minnesota Twins & announces franchises in LA & Washington, D.C. for 1961
  • 1961-03-29 23rd Amendment to the US Constitution ratified, allowing Washington, D.C. residents to vote in presidential elections
  • 1961-04-30 1st shuttle flights between Washington, D.C., Boston & NYC begin (Eastern)
  • 1961-05-04 CORE begins freedom rides from Washington, D.C.
  • 1961-10-02 WETA TV channel 26 in Washington, D.C. (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1962-07-10 32nd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 3-1 at D.C. Stadium, Washington
  • 1963-03-15 WFAN TV channel 14 in Washington, D.C. (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1963-08-28 200,000 march and demonstrate for African American civil rights in Washington, D.C.

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1963-08-28 Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his "I have a dream speech" addressing civil rights march at Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • 1963-08-30 Hotline communication link between the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and the Kremlin in Moscow installed. Often known as the "red telephone" no phones were ever used, relying instead on Teletype equipment, fax machines and most recently secure email.
  • 1964-02-11 Beatles 1st live appearance in US; Washington, D.C. Coliseum
  • 1965-11-27 15-25,000 demonstrate against war in Vietnam in Washington, D.C.
  • 1966-03-26 Large-scale anti-Vietnam War protests take place in the United States, including in New York, Washington D.C. and Chicago
  • 1966-04-20 WDCA TV channel 20 in Washington, D.C. (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1967-06-01 Mayor-council form of government instituted for Washington, D.C.
  • 1967-09-28 Walter Washington elected 1st mayor of Washington, D.C.
  • 1968-03-17 2-tiered gold price negotiated in Washington, D.C. by US & 6 European nations
  • 1968-03-19 Howard University, Washington, DC, students seize administration building

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1968-04-02 "2001 A Space Odyssey" directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood, premieres at the Uptown Theater in Washington, D.C.

Film Director Stanley Kubrick
Film Director
Stanley Kubrick
Sci-Fi Author Arthur C. Clarke
Sci-Fi Author
Arthur C. Clarke
  • 1968-05-12 "March of Poor" under Rev Abernathy reach Washington, D.C.
  • 1968-06-24 Resurrection City in Washington, D.C. closed permanently
  • 1968-07-29 Washington, D.C. Ron Hansen makes unassisted triple play vs Cleve
  • 1969-07-23 40th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 9-3 at RFK Memorial, Washington, D.C.
  • 1969-11-15 An estimated 2 million people take part in the Vietnam War Moratorium demonstration across the United States
  • 1971-03-01 Bomb attack on the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
  • 1971-09-08 John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts opens in Washington, D.C.

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1972-02-17 US President Richard Nixon leaves Washington, D.C. for China

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • 1972-05-28 White House "plumbers" break into the Democratic National Headquarters at Watergate in Washington D.C.
  • 1972-10-11 Prison uprising at Washington, D.C. jail
  • 1973-01-11 Trial of Watergate burglars begins in Washington, D.C.
  • 1973-02-22 US & China agree to establish liaison offices in Beijing & Washington, D.C.
  • 1973-09-19 NL refuses to allow San Diego Padres move to Washington, D.C.
  • 1973-09-26 Concorde makes its first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic (Washington, D.C. to Paris) in record-breaking time (3h33m).
  • 1973-12-02 Capital Centre (USAir Arena) in Washington, D.C. opens
  • 1973-12-06 NL votes to move San Diego Padres to Washington, D.C. (doesn't happen)
  • 1973-12-24 District of Columbia Home Rule Act is passed, allowing residents of Washington, D.C. to elect their own local government.
  • 1974-10-01 Watergate cover-up trial opens in Washington, D.C.
  • 1974-11-05 Walter E Washington, becomes first elected mayor of Washington, D.C.
  • 1976-03-27 Washington, D.C. underground Metro opens
  • 1976-05-24 1st commercial SST flight to North America (Concorde to Washington, D.C.)

MurderAssassination

1976-09-21 Orlando Letelier is assassinated in Washington, D.C. He was a member of the Chilean socialist government of Salvador Allende, overthrown in 1973 by Augusto Pinochet.

General and Dictator Augusto Pinochet
General and Dictator
Augusto Pinochet
  • 1976-10-13 First electron micrograph of an Ebola viral particle obtained by Dr. F.A. Murphy, working at the C.D.C.
  • 1977-03-09 Hanafi Muslims invade 3 buildings in Washington, D.C., siege ended Mar 11th
  • 1977-03-11 Hanafi Muslims hold 130 hostages in Washington, D.C.
  • 1977-06-30 US Railway Post Office final train run (NY to Washington, D.C.)

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1978-02-03 Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat and US President Jimmy Carter discuss the Middle East peace process in Washington, D.C.

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • 1978-04-03 Larry King moves his radio show from Miami to Washington, D.C.
  • 1978-07-09 Nearly 100,000 demonstrators march on Washington, D.C. for ERA
  • 1978-11-07 Marion Barry Jr. elected as Washington, D.C.'s first African American mayor

Film release premierFilm Premier

1978-12-10 Superman: The Movie, directed by Richard Donner and starring Christopher Reeve, Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman and Margot Kidder premieres at the Uptown Theater in Washington, D.C.

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1979-01-29 Chinese vice-premier Deng Xiaoping visits Washington, D.C.

Paramount Leader of China Deng Xiaoping
Paramount Leader of China
Deng Xiaoping

AgreementTreaty of Interest

1979-03-26 Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat sign the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty in Washington, D.C.

President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate Anwar Sadat
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate
Anwar Sadat
Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin
Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin

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1979-10-06 Pope John Paul II is 1st Pope to visit White House in Washington, D.C.

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1980-11-17 WHHM Television in Washington, D.C., becomes the first African-American public-broadcasting television station
  • 1981-03-02 Howard Stern begins broadcasting on WWDC in Washington, D.C.
  • 1981-09-15 The John Bull becomes the oldest operable steam locomotive in the world when the Smithsonian Institution operates it under its own power outside Washington, D.C.
  • 1982-01-13 Air Florida 737 took off in a snowstorm, crashes into 14th St Bridge in Washington, D.C., & falls into Potomac River, killing 78
  • 1982-03-26 Groundbreaking in Washington, D.C. for Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  • 1982-07-19 1st Old Timer's All star classic - AL wins 7-2 in Washington, D.C.
  • 1982-11-13 Vietnam War Memorial dedicated in Washington, D.C.

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1983-05-19 Weird Al Yankovic gives live performance at Wax Museum in Washington, D.C.

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • 1984-02-27 WRC-AM in Washington, D.C. changes call letters to WWRC
  • 1984-03-09 The Competitive Enterprise Institute in founded in Washington, D.C.
  • 1986-01-28 Angolan Unity Leader Jonas Savimbi visits Washington, D.C.
  • 1986-12-27 "Les Miserables" opens at Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.
  • 1987-04-07 National Museum of Female Physicians opens in Washington, D.C.
  • 1988-09-29 Union Station reopens in Washington, D.C.
  • 1988-10-03 WBMW-FM, Washington, D.C. changes calls to WJFK & begins airing Howard Stern
  • 1989-04-09 Washington, D.C. march supporting 1973 Roe vs Wade decision (allow abortions)
  • 1989-07-20 Photographer Robert Mapplethorpe's show opens at Washington, D.C.'s Project for the Arts after the Smithsonian Institution's Corcoran Gallery cancels it.
  • 1990-01-18 Washington DC, Mayor Marion Barry arrested in drug enforcement sting
  • 1990-06-13 Washington, D.C. mayor Marion Barry announces he will not seek a 4th term

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

1990-09-24 South African President F. W. de Klerk meets US President George H. W. Bush in Washington, D.C.

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
South African President F. W. de Klerk
South African President
F. W. de Klerk

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1990-10-19 "Dances with Wolves" directed by Kevin Costner and starring Kevin Costner and Mary McDonnell premieres in Washington, D.C. (Academy Awards Best Picture 1991)

  • 1990-12-18 NL announces Buffalo, Denver, Miami, Orlando, Tampa-St Petersburg, & Washington, D.C. as 6 finalist for 1993 expansion (Miami & Denver win)

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 133 of 133

  • 1958-12-13 Dana Strum, rock bassist (Slaughter-Stick it Live), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1959-04-17 David Hearn, slalom single canoe (Olympics-9th-96), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1960-09-12 Lynn Connelly, LPGA golfer (1988 USX Golf Classic-6th), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1963-01-28 Colleen Harp, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-9th-1994), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1963-05-10 Lisa M Nowak, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1963-05-30 Lynda Wiesmeier, playmate (Jul, 1982), born in Washington, D.C.

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1964-07-26 Sandra Bullock, American actress (Speed, Net, Love & War), born in Washington, D.C.

  • 1964-12-14 C[arl] J[eff] Snare, vocalist (Firehouse-Love of a Lifetime), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1965-06-15 Adam Smith, American politician (D-Wash), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1965-09-16 Katy Kurtzman, actress (Lindsay-Dynasty), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1965-12-16 Romallis Ellis, lightweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1988), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1966-11-25 Stacy Lattisaw, disco singer (Million Dollar Baby), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1966-12-24 Deidrich Bader, American actor (Drew Carey Show), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1967-01-04 Michael "Mike" Peterson, rower (Olympics-1996), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1968-12-17 Curtis Pride, outfielder (Detroit Tigers), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1969-07-24 Steve Jennings, field hockey midfielder (Olympics-96), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1969-08-27 Steven Van Randwijck, field hockey player (Olympics-96), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1969-08-28 Sheryl Sandberg, American technology executive (COO Facebook) and author (Lean In), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1970-04-08 Derek D Brown, team handball right wing (Olympics-1996), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1970-06-15 Amanda Cromwell, soccer midfielder (Olympics-96), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1971-03-01 Allen Johnson, long jumper/110m hurdler (Olympics-gold-96), born in Washington, D.C.

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1971-08-12 Pete Sampras, tennis champ (14 grand slam titles), born in Washington, D.C.

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras
  • 1971-12-16 Catherine "Cathy" Symon, rower (Olympics-96), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1972-03-09 Marcia M Griffith, Miss America-Maryland (1996), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1972-07-09 Derek Mills, 400m runner, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1973-09-13 Philip Dulebohn, figure skater (1997 Eastern Sr - 3rd), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1974-03-24 Alyson Hannigan, American actress (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, How I met Your Mother), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1975-12-17 Napiera Danielle Groves, Miss USA-Washington, D.C. (1997, Miss Congeniality)
  • 1976-03-22 Kellie Shanygne Williams, actress (Laura-Family Matters), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1976-08-02 Michael Weiss, figure skater (1997 World Champ-7th), born in Washington, D.C.

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1978-11-24 Katherine Heigl, actress (Grey's Anatomy), born in Washington, D.C.

  • 1981-01-01 Eden Riegel, American actress ( All My Children), born in Washington, D.C.

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1984-02-03 Elizabeth Holmes, American entrepreneur and CEO of Theranos (youngest self-made female billionaire - Forbes 2014), born in Washington, D.C.

Entrepreneur and CEO of Theranos Elizabeth Holmes
Entrepreneur and CEO of Theranos
Elizabeth Holmes

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