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      Day in history: first cornerstone laid for U.S. Capitol

      On this day in 1793, President George Washington laid the first cornerstone for the U.S. Capitol.{} It was done in a Masonic ceremony.

      The capitol burned in 1814. The stone and a silver plaque that accompanied it were lost.{}

      In 1893, on the 100th{}anniversary,{}a new silver plaque was placed near the spot where the stone is believed to have been originally laid.

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