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5 Fun Facts About April 18 In New Jersey History

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1. Revolutionary War Victory: On April 18, 1778, the Battle of Quinton's Bridge took place in Salem County, New Jersey. American forces under General Hugh Mercer successfully repelled a British attack, increasing morale for the Continental Army.

2. First NJ Patent: On April 18, 1836, William Howe received the first patent in New Jersey for a knitting machine. This helped spur industrialization in the state, leading to further inventions and technological advancements.

3. First NJ Subway: The first subway system in New Jersey opened on April 18, 1931, linking Newark and Hudson County. It was called the Hudson and Manhattan Railroad, later becoming known as PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson).

4. NJ Native Wins Oscar: Actress and New Jersey native Anne Hathaway won an Oscar on April 18, 2013, for her supporting role in the film Les Misérables. Hathaway grew up in Millburn, NJ, and attended the Paper Mill Playhouse performing arts school.

5. NJ Raises Smoking Age: New Jersey became the third state to raise the legal smoking age to 21 on April 18, 2018, following Hawaii and California. The law applies to all tobacco and electronic smoking devices.
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