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5 Fun Facts About April 26 In New Jersey History

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1. In 1780, during the American Revolutionary War, a group of British troops raided Danford Island (now part of Raritan Bay) and burned down numerous homes and properties. This raid was part of a larger campaign by the British to disrupt American military operations and morale.

2. On April 26, 1805, a powerful tornado tore through part of central New Jersey, causing significant damage to homes, farms, and forests. The tornado was estimated to be an F3 on the Fujita scale, with winds up to 160 miles per hour.

3. In 1923, the legendary Yankee Stadium opened its doors for the first time in New York City. The stadium quickly became a cultural icon, hosting countless famous events and baseball games. Over time, many New Jersey residents have become avid Yankees fans and have made the pilgrimage across the Hudson River to attend games.

4. On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl disaster occurred in the Soviet Union (now Ukraine), sending a plume of radioactive material into the atmosphere. Although the disaster did not occur in New Jersey, the impacts were felt worldwide, including in New Jersey where air and water contamination affected many people and areas.

5. In 2011, the New Jersey Devils hockey team won their first playoff series in four years by defeating the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 7 of their first-round matchup. The victory was a significant milestone for the team, who would go on to make a deep playoff run that season. This victory also marked the beginning of a resurgence for the Devils, who had struggled for several seasons leading up to this moment.
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