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5 Fun Facts About April 27 In New Jersey History

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1. On April 27, 1777, New Jersey became the first state to formally adopt a state flag. The flag features a buff-colored background with the state seal in the center.

2. In 1865, New Jersey native Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross. Today, the organization provides assistance to people affected by disasters and supports military families.

3. Legendary jazz saxophonist Count Basie was born in Red Bank, NJ on April 27, 1904. Basie went on to become one of the most influential jazz musicians of the 20th century.

4. On April 27, 1931, the famous Atlantic City boardwalk caught fire and burned down over a three-hour period. Although no one was killed in the fire, it destroyed several hotels and businesses, causing millions of dollars in damage.

5. On April 27, 2011, an EF3 tornado struck parts of southern New Jersey. The storm caused significant damage to homes and businesses, including the historic First Presbyterian Church of Bridgeton. No one was killed in the tornado, but several people were injured.
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