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Friday, April 24, 2015

Today In History

                                                                                                                                                                                             
April 24, 1800 - President John Adams approves legislation to appropriate $5,000 to purchase "such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress, " thus establishing the Library of Congress.  The first books, ordered from London, arrived in 1801 and were stored in the U.S. Capitol, the library's first home.  The first library catalog, dated April 1802, listed 964 volumes and nine maps.  Twelve years later, the British army invaded the city of Washington and burned the Capitol, including the then 3,000-volume Library of Congress.

 



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