Tuesday, September 18, 2012

This Week in History - September 17th, 2012

Capital Cornerstone is Laid

"On this day in 1793, George Washington lays the cornerstone to the United States Capitol building, the home of the legislative branch of the American government . . . As a young nation, the United States had no permanent capital, and Congress met in eight different cities, including Baltimore, New York and Philadelphia, before 1791. In 1790, Congress passed the Residence Act, which gave President Washington the power to select a permanent home for the federal government. The following year, he chose what would become the District of Columbia from land provided by Maryland."

To learn more about the history of Washington D.C., follow the link below:

Capitol Cornerstone is Laid

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