It is Washington, D.C. Day Today


On July 16th, 1790 Washington, D.C. was declared as The Nation’s Capital.

The location was a compromise; to place the capital in any state would seem to give that state importance over the others. So Washington D.C. was created, with a little land from Maryland, and a little land from Virginia, at the dividing point between the northern and southern states. It was a compromise in location, but it was also a severe compromise in comfort. In July of 1790, the land that would become Washington was a swampy no-man’s land, with swarms of mosquitos, muddy grounds, and unbearable humidity. Well, perhaps the last part hasn’t changed, but everything else about D.C. has grown up tremendously over the years.

Though it was named for George Washington, the first president never worked from D.C. His home, Mount Vernon, was conveniently nearby in Virginia, and was right on the Potomac River, making for easy transportation. John Adams was the first president to live and work from the White House (called the ‘President’s House’ or ‘Presidential Palace’ in those days).

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and telezoo.com that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @ awesomize.me

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