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Washington, D.C.

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AbbreviationDC Source: United States Postal Service – Abbreviations
CapitalIt is the capital: of the United States.
Population705,749 Source: U.S. Census Bureau
MayorMuriel Bowser (D).
Entered the UnionFebruary 21, 1871 (as a municipal corporation)
MottoJustitia omnibus (Justice to all)
FlowerAmerican Beauty rose
BirdWood Thrush
Professional Sports TeamsWashington Nationals (Baseball); Washington Wizards (Basketball); Washington Redskins (Football); Washington Capitals (Hockey); D.C. United (Soccer); Washington Mystics (Women’s Basketball). Note: The Washington Redskins football team’s home stadium is in Landover, Maryland. (sports listing policy)
Origin of NameThe district is named after Christopher Columbus
Historical Sites and Points of InterestNumerous sites associated with the history of the United States, including the Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials; the Smithsonian Institution, including the National Gallery of Art and the National Air and Space Museum; the National Archives
Bordering StatesWashington D.C. borders Virginia and Maryland.
FlagWashington D.C.'s flag

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  • Things To Do in Washington, DC is an online guide to information about Washington DC’s entertainment, recreation, and travel, and includes the city’s interesting facts, famous people, and special events.
  • Roadside America: District of Columbia Attractions Roadside America describes itself as an online guide to offbeat attractions. This site offers reviews of “weird sites along the highway” in the District of Columbia.
  • George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens In addition to learning basic information about this famous historic site, online visitors can even take a virtual mansion tour.
  • Washington D.C.’s official tree is the Scarlet oak.
  • The District of Columbia is is divided into four quadrants–Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, and Southeast–and the U.S. Capitol Building marks the spot where all four meet.
  • Washington D.C. was the first carefully planned capital in the world.
  • The capital of the U.S. was transferred from Philadelphia to Washington on Dec. 1, 1800.
  • In 1978, a proposed constitutional amendment to give the District of Columbia voting representation in the U.S. Congress was passed by Congress; the proposal died in 1985, having failed to get the needed 28 states to approve it.

Some Famous People from this City

  • Billie Burke, comedienne and actress best known for playing Glenda the good witch in The Wizard of Oz.
  • Duke Ellington, jazz musician.
  • Goldie Hawn, television and movie actress whose credits include Laugh In and The First Wives Club.
  • J. Edgar Hoover, former director of the F.B.I.
  • John Philip Sousa, composer known for his compositions for marching bands.