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5 Fun Facts About April 9 In Delaware History

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1) In 1789, Delaware became the first state to ratify the US Constitution, paving the way for the formation of the United States of America.

2) On April 9, 1861, just a few months after the start of the American Civil War, Delaware Governor William Burton issued a proclamation of neutrality, declaring that the state would not take sides in the conflict.

3) In 1947, the University of Delaware established its first graduate program in chemistry, which has since become one of the top-ranked chemistry programs in the country.

4) On April 9, 1981, the Delaware General Assembly approved a bill to establish the Delaware River and Bay Authority, which oversees the Delaware Memorial Bridge and other transportation facilities in the region.

5) In 2018, Delaware Governor John Carney signed a bill into law that allows terminally ill patients to seek medical aid in dying, making Delaware the ninth state in the US to legalize the practice.
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