The U.S. Capitol, Golden Joinery, and Helping Us Thrive, Part 1 | Anabel Jensen | 4 Min Read

On the evening of Aug. 24, 1814—as part of what would come to be known as the War of 1812—British forces set fire to the U.S. Capitol, burning much of it to the ground. Ultimately, reconstruction of the buildings would take 12 years to complete but led to the breathtaking dome and surrounding structures with which we are now all familiar. That landmark has now stood for close to 200 years.

Since then, the U.S. Capitol has been attacked six additional times:

July 2, 1915 • A man protesting American involvement in World War I exploded three sticks of dynamite outside the Senate Chamber. There was significant damage but no serious injuries. Learn more.

March 1, 1954 • Puerto Rican nationalists opened fire from the visitors’ gallery onto 200 representatives in the House Chamber.  Five members of Congress were wounded. Learn more.

March 1, 1971 • A violent anti-war group calling itself the “Weather Underground” exploded a bomb on the Senate side of the Capitol. The explosion caused extensive damage but no casualties. Learn more.

Nov. 7, 1983 • A group calling itself the “Armed Resistance Unit”—protesting U.S. military action in Grenada and Lebanon—detonated a bomb…

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Anabel Jensen

With over 30 years of pioneering work in emotional intelligence education, Anabel Jensen is an inspiring and caring speaker who helps people find the best in themselves and each other. Anabel says people pay attention to less than 30% of what you say, but 70% of what you do, so she models the lessons she teaches. Anabel was the principal of Nueva School when Daniel Goleman came and wrote about the model emotional intelligence program there; under her guidance the school also won two Federal Blue Ribbon Awards for Excellence in Education. She’s started two schools, together with Karen McCown, founded the remarkable lab school educating future change makers: Synapse School. As the Founding President of Six Seconds EQ Network, Dr. Jensen has co-authored four books on teaching EQ, written numerous articles, and trained over 15,000 educators and leaders around the globe. She has taught the principles of emotional intelligence all around the world.