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This report, published in June 1977 by the National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year, reviewed the laws of Virginia in regards to the rights of married or once married women, who were not employed outside of the home. The…

A champion of human dignity around the world, Arthur Robert Ashe overcame the discrimination he faced growing up in Richmond to become a top-ranked tennis player and acclaimed author. Ashe learned tennis from coaches in Richmond and Lynchburg. In…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

The annual payment of tribute by Virginia's Indians attests to their continuing presence. In 1646 Necotowance, “the King of the Indians” as the English styled him, signed a treaty to end the third major Anglo-Indian War. Annual payment of tribute…

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…

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…
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