Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sack of Washington

Two hundred years ago today, the British sacked Washington, D.C. They burned most of the public buildings, including the Executive Mansion; however, they avoided torching private dwellings and even spared the Patent Office because they regarded the patents themselves as private property. The Washington Post has a summary of the events of that day. NPR imagines how it would cover the day.

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