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

Historical Events

Events 101 - 157 of 157

  • 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.
  • 1966-04-20 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.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1968-04-02 "2001 A Space Odyssey" directed by Stanley Kubrick premieres in Washington, D.C.

Film Director Stanley Kubrick
Film Director
Stanley Kubrick
  • 1968-05-12 "March of Poor" under Rev Abernathy reach Washington, D.C.
  • 1971-09-08 John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts opens in Washington, D.C.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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.
  • 1973-09-19 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.
  • 1976-03-27 Washington, D.C. underground Metro opens
  • 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.
  • 1976-10-13 First electron micrograph of an Ebola viral particle obtained by Dr. F.A. Murphy, working at the C.D.C.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 black mayor

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Event of interestEvent 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
  • 1981-09-15 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 Ground-breaking in Washington, D.C. for Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  • 1982-11-13 Vietnam War Memorial dedicated in Washington, D.C.
  • 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.
  • 1987-04-07 National Museum of Female Physicians opens in Washington, D.C.
  • 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

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

Film release premierFilm Premier

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

  • 1991-05-05 A riot breaks out in the Mt. Pleasant section of Washington, D.C. after a Salvadoran man is shot by police.
  • 1991-06-05 Lesbian priest Elizabeth Carl ordained in Episcopal Church, Washington, D.C.
  • 1992-04-05 Several hundred-thousand abortion rights demonstrators march in Washington, D.C.
  • 1993-04-22 Holocaust Memorial Museum dedicated in Washington D.C.
  • 1993-08-20 Oslo Peace Accords signed, after secret negotiations in Norway, followed by a public ceremony in Washington, D.C. the following month
  • 1995-07-27 Korean War Veterans Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C.
  • 1995-10-16 Million Man March held in Washington, D.C. (over 830,000 African American men attend)
  • 1997-11-11 WNBA expands to Detroit & Washington, D.C.

Music concertMusic Concert

2001-10-21 "United We Stand" benefit concert for September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks victims, held at RFK Stadium Washington, D.C. organized and headlined by Michael Jackson and featuring Aerosmith, Mariah Carey and The Backstreet Boys

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
Singer Mariah Carey
Singer
Mariah Carey

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2001-11-20 US President George W. Bush dedicates the US Department of Justice headquarters as the Robert F. Kennedy Justice Building, honoring the late Robert F. Kennedy on what would have been his 76th birthday

US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy
US Attorney General
Robert F. Kennedy
43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush
  • 2002-05-22 The remains of the missing Chandra Levy are found in Rock Creek Park, Washington, D.C.
  • 2002-10-24 Police arrest spree killers John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, ending the Beltway sniper attacks in the area around Washington, D.C.
  • 2004-05-29 The World War II Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C.
  • 2006-02-12 A powerful winter storm blankets the Northeastern United States dumping 1 to 2 feet of snow from Washington, D.C. up to Boston, Massachusetts. The storm dumped a record 26.9 inches of snow in New York City.
  • 2009-06-22 2009 Washington Metro subway crash: Two Metro trains collide in Washington, D.C., USA, killing 9 and injuring over 80.
  • 2013-09-16 12 people are killed after a gunman opens fire at a naval yard in Washington, D.C.
  • 2014-12-13 A civil rights protest march in Washington, D.C. takes place, against the police killing of unarmed black men

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 124 of 124

  • 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, actor (Oswald-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.

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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.
  • 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.

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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.

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Famous Weddings


Famous Deaths