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Burning of the White House, 1814 (Credit: White House Association)

The British Burn Washington, D.C., 200 Years Ago

As the War of 1812 neared its conclusion, British forces torched the White House, the Capitol and nearly every other public building in Washington.

Plaque commemorating attack at Fort Stevens (Credit DBKING/Wikimedia Commons)

Lincoln’s Battlefield Brush with Death, 150 Years Ago

At the Battle of Fort Stevens 150 years ago, Abraham Lincoln came within feet of being shot by a Confederate sniper.

washington monument

After 33 Months, Washington Monument Reopens to the Public

The Washington Monument welcomed visitors today for the first time in more than two-and-a-half years, after a painstaking restoration to repair earthquake damage.

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5 Things You Might Not Know About the Washington Monument

Find out some fascinating facts about this American landmark, which opened to the public 125 years ago.

John Dingell

57 Years, 177 Days and Counting: John Dingell Jr. Makes History

A Michigan congressman has become America’s longest-serving member of Congress.

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery: 8 Surprising Facts

Explore eight surprising facts about Arlington National Cemetery, which has been the focal point of national Memorial Day commemorations since 1868.

Cherry Blossom Festival

The Drama Behind 100 Years of Washington’s Cherry Blossoms

Beginning today, this year’s National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 100th anniversary of the planting of Japanese cherry trees in Washington, D.C.

White House

A History of White House Attacks

Last week’s White House shooting wasn’t the first time the executive mansion has come under fire.

Arlington Oak

Arlington Oak, Which Shaded JFK’s Grave, Fell Victim to Hurricane

The historic tree, located in Arlington National Cemetery, was uprooted last weekend by Hurricane Irene.

The Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Opens in Washington, D.C.: Photos

Check out images of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial, which was unveiled this week on the National Mall.