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In '69, the Washington Monument had a purple phase

Aug 06, 2019 - The Washington Post

A few weeks ago, the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing was celebrated in a unique way: Images of Apollo 11 were projected onto the Washington Monument. By all accounts, it was pretty cool.

But it wasn't the first time a stirring light show danced upon the obelisk's blank stone surface.

Longtime Washingtonians may recall its role in one of the most audacious pranks ever played in town. It was by the students of Gonzaga, the Catholic high school just off North Capitol Street....