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Arthur Robert Ashe was an African American tennis player and human rights activist who overcame adversity and discrimination to become one of the greatest tennis players in American History. Ashe was born on July 10, 1943 in Richmond, Virginia. Ashe…

The Pentagon located in Arlington, Virginia, is the world largest low rise office building and is home to the United States Department of Defense. Construction began in 1941 and was completed by 1943. On September 11, 2001 a terrorist group, led by…

At the close of the Civil War and the passing of the Fifteenth Amendment, all men, regardless of their race or previous status, were supposed to be able to vote.  However, states, including Virginia, found ways to exclude blacks from voting such as…

A grandson of slaves, Lawrence Douglas Wilder (1931– ) was sworn in as governor of Virginia on January 13, 1990. Wilder made history in 1985 when he became the first African American elected to statewide office, and was sworn in as lieutenant…

In 2001 the League of Women Voters of Virginia celebrated National Women's History Month by producing a leaflet entitled "Virginia Women's Legacies." This pamphlet described thirty Virginia women with historical significance. Included are Ida Stover,…

The First Continental Congress met in Philadelphia in the autumn of 1774. Representatives from the twelve colonies gathered in response to acts of Parliament that became known as the Intolerable Acts. The delegates drafted an association to boycott…

On September 11, 2001, terrorists intentionally crashed two passenger airplanes into the World Trade Center in New York City, and one jetliner into the Pentagon in Arlington. A fourth airliner crashed in Pennsylvania when passengers and crew…

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority announced on 23 June 2014 that the first phase of Metro’s Silver Line to provide service to Dulles International Airport. The Tysons Corner portion of the project – to build a tunnel or an…

In 2012, Governor Bob McDonnell signed Executive Order Number 55, Supporting Virginians with Disabilities in the Commonwealth's Workforce; Importance of Employment for Virginians with Disabilities. The Order pointed to the fact that of the 3.6…

Governor Mark Warner signed the Emergency Preparedness Executive Order (7) on Jan. 31, 2002. This order: launched the Secure Virginia Initiative, established the Secure Virginia Panel, directed state agencies to prepare or update emergency response…
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