5 Historic Washington D.C. Moments

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A quick history lesson of Washington DC can show how much our country has accomplished throughout the decades. Many Americans may still relate to these monumental events in history.

5. March on the Pentagon for Vietnam War – 1967

In October of 1967, 100,000 people marched in front of the Pentagon to show their dismay of the war in Vietnam. The National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam, or also called “The Mobe,” were Americans who organized their frustration into large demonstrations. These demonstrators were students, women, radicals, hippies, and Americans with many different views and political standings. The protest began at the Washington Monument and moved towards the Pentagon. The demonstration became violent once it started to move towards the Pentagon. Military forces and the radical people within the protest began to clash. Over 600 people were arrested amidst the public display of violence.  

 

4. Metrorail Installation -1976

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority was created the same year as the Vietnam protest in 1967. This organization was designed to create, build, and finance transportation within the nation’s capital. The Metrorail was not in full operation until 1976, a full decade after the Pentagon protests. This rail is still considered one of the largest public-works project created and the 2nd busiest public transit in the United States. It was created to serve and transport 4 million people with rails stretching 118 miles with over 50 stations. Ultimately, Nixon ordered the U.S. Department of Transportation to pay over $90 million for the design and construction of DC’s Metrorail.

 

3. John Hinckley -1981

The attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan is still in the memory of many Americans but very unrelatable for American youth. John Hinckley attempted to assassinate the then-president but the bullet ricocheted and hit Reagan in the chest. During the assassination attempt, Hinckley wounded a police officer and a secret service agent. John Hinckley was infamously remembered for being driven to attempt such a heinous crime by his obsession with the actress, Jodie Foster.

 

2. Maya Lin Memorial – 1982

Maya Lin was a design student at Yale when she submitted her design in a competition to design the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The then-21-year-old was quite surprised when she won the competition. Lin won the competition but did not win the support of everyone. There was backlash for the design and the way it was executed. Many were dissatisfied that the memorial sunk down rather than built upward. Veterans were also dissatisfied it only remember the fallen and did not include the living soldiers as well.

 

1. September 11th – 2001

The 9/11 terrorist attacks may be one of the freshest open wound in the memories of Americans. The terrorist group, al-Qaeda hijacked four passenger planes and crashed them into the World Trade Center, Stonycreek township in Pennsylvania, and into the Pentagon. These attacks forever changed the way the United States views national security.

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