Monday, August 25, 2014

Brits burned Washington 200 years ago

The White House burned in 1814

In yesterday's Washington Post, Joel Achenbach didn't forget "a war that no one remembers." We Americans probably prefer to forget that the White House and the Capitol building were both burned by British forces 200 years ago yesterday during the War of 1812.

The Capitol building was also burned

President Madison's account of that day.

Washington D.C. burned again in 1968 after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

Aftermath of the 1968 riots