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LEGISLATIVE DAY & WASHINGTON DC TRIVIA

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Being in Washington, DC and having the opportunity to meet with members of Congress and their aides is a lasting memory and really vital to AAHAM.
While you are planning for you trip; I wanted to offer you some interesting trivia about Washington:
We’ll be there during the National Cherry Blossom Festival and the cherry blossom’s peak bloom date could be when you are here. Peak bloom date is defined as the day which 70 percent of the blossoms on the Yoshino cherry trees surrounding the Tidal Basin are open. Blooms depend on weather conditions. Frost or high temperatures combined with wind or rain can change the number of days that the blossoms last.

Washington is a city requiring walking shoes. Did you know The National Mall is 1.4 times larger than Vatican City in Italy?

It is rumored there are no skyscrapers in Washington because there is a law that states no building can be taller than the Capital Building. This is not true. The US Capitol Building is the 4th tallest building in Washington.

In 1894 the fire department put limits on building heights in DC keeping buildings lower than 110 feet because their firefighting equipment could not reach buildings any taller. When you visit the Capital Building; you’ll know this bit of trivia.

The tallest building in DC is the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception built in 1959 standing at 329 feet.

15% of Washington residents speak a language other than English as their first language. I periodically put my Spanish to good use when we’re in DC.

Is either white or red wine your drink of choice? You’ll be contributing to the statistic that more wine is consumed per person in Washington DC than any other state in the United States. What state would you have guessed?

There is one lawyer for every 19 residents in DC and 74 lobbyists for each United States Senator.

The “Federal City” was designed by Pierre L'Enfant and laid out by Andrew Ellicott. Construction began on the White House in 1792 and on the Capitol the following year. During the War of 1812, the British sacked Washington, burning most of the public buildings, including the Capitol and the White House.

After 1901, Washington was developed on the basis of the resurrected L’Enfant plan, gridiron arrangement of streets cut by diagonal avenues radiating from the Capitol and White House with an elaborate system of parks.

Keep an eye out for black Lincoln town cars with tinted windows and diplomatic plates. Washington is a very international and diverse city with over 170 embassies.

Marine One is the call sign used when the President is on board one of the HMX-1 Marine helicopters. The primary presidential helicopter is the Sikorsky VH-3D (Sea King).

The most popular museum in DC and on the planet is the National Air and Space Museum, which has had 219 million visitors in its first 25 years.

The White House was built while George Washington was in office, but he never actually lived there. John Adams was the first president to call the White House home.

When many people of think of famous names living in Washington DC, they usually will say the president or speaker of the house. Washington has also been the home of famous Americans such as Roberta Flack, Chuck Brown, John Phillips Sousa and Duke Ellington.

Did you know President Obama likes Ben’s Chili Bowl? This Washington landmark dates back to 1958 and is located in the U Street corridor which was once known as “Black Broadway.” This casual dining spot generally has a line that wraps around the building but it moves fast. Ben’s is on everyone’s list of places to dine while in Washington. The menu features the original chili half-smoke as its signature dish. It’s a one-quarter pound half-port and half-beef smoked sausage on a warm steamed bun topped with mustard, onions and spicy homemade chili sauce. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!

So start planning for Legislative Day and perhaps you will have an opportunity to find some Washington DC trivia to add to my list.
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