Sunday, 8 August 2010
How's your summer holiday going?
In the last two weeks I've given you 20 facts on London and Canberra; capitals of the UK and Australia. This week I'm popping across the pond to the USA and looking at WASHINGTON.
1. Washington DC is the capital of the USA.
2. DC stands for District of Columbia.
3. Columbia is not a State but an administrative district created specifically to avoid having the capital city in any one State.
4. Like the States it has a 'State Bird' which is Wood Thrush.
5. And like the States it has a 'State Flower' which is the American Beauty Rose.
6. The Senate approval date of the federal city was July 1st 1790.
7. It is a city of green parks, wide tree-lined streets and white marble buildings.
8. It was named after George Washington, the first President of the USA.
9. The city was designed by Major Pierre Charles, a French engineer.
10. In 1793, the cornerstone of the Capitol (the US houses of Parliament) was laid.
11. It is the city where the Penatagon and White House can be found.
12. The White House on Pennsylvania Avenue has been the official home of every US President since 1800.
13. On September 11th, 2001 The Pentagon was under terrorist attack simultaneously with the Twin Towers in New York.
14. Washington DC is situated between the States of Maryland and Virginia.
15. It is situated on the Potomac River.
16. The Arlington National Cemetery is near the Pentagon and contains the graves of US soldiers who have fought in wars from the American Revolution onwards.
17. The National Mall contains the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials; also the Washington Monument.
18. The total area of Washington DC is 68.3 square miles.
19. The estimated population in 2009 was 599,000-plus residents.
20. If you are a resident you are known as a Washingtonian!
So, if you are in America and having a look at its capital city these are twenty facts to kindle your interest.
Whatever you are doing during this month, don't forget to keep a good book with you!
Next week I am going to investigate Cairo, the capital of Egypt. Did you know that you can actually see the Pyramids from the centre of Cairo? Isn't the world a fascinating place.
Thought for the week: Father, I cannot tell a lie (attrib to George Washington!)