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Quirky Events in Washington’s History

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Aaron Burr killing Alexander Hamilton in a duel
Politics often attracts strange and sometimes downright whacky individuals. Since Washington has more power and politics per square mile than most places, it should come as no surprise that over the years “Powertown USA” has had more than its share of odd people, from hot-headed civic planners and blundering presidents to arrogant diplomats and discontent groups, resulting in some unusual events and stories.

America’s first federal employee gets fired

In 1791, George Washington hired French planner Pierre L’Enfant to design ...

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