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5 Fun Facts About April 22 In New Jersey History

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1. The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970, and New Jersey played a significant role in the event. The founder of Earth Day, Gaylord Nelson, was inspired by a 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, and enlisted the help of a young activist from New Jersey named Denis Hayes to organize the first Earth Day.

2. In 1992, the Newark Public Library was designated a National Literary Landmark by the Friends of Libraries USA. The landmark plaque was unveiled on April 22, 1992, to mark the 500th anniversary of Columbus's voyage.

3. On April 22, 1916, the German submarine U-53 sunk five ships off the coast of New Jersey, including the SS Merak, a British steamship carrying cement from Egypt to New York. Although the U.S. was not yet at war with Germany, the incident raised tensions between the two countries.

4. On April 22, 1977, the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton opened its doors to the public. The museum is the largest cultural center in the state and has a collection of over two million artifacts, including fossils, art, and historical objects.

5. In 2013, the Tuckahoe-Corbin City Elementary School in Cape May County became the first school in New Jersey to install a wind turbine. The 100-foot-tall turbine generates enough electricity to power the school and also serves as an educational tool for students learning about renewable energy. The turbine was officially dedicated on Earth Day, April 22, 2013.
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