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5 Fun Facts About April 9 In New Jersey History

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1. On April 9, 1959, the first indoor shopping mall in New Jersey, the Cherry Hill Mall, opened its doors to the public. The mall featured over 60 stores, including major retailers such as J.C. Penney and Sears.

2. On April 9, 1828, the Egg Harbor City community was established by German settlers. The community was developed as an agricultural and resort community, and by the late 1800s, it was a popular destination for vacationers from Philadelphia and New York City.

3. On April 9, 1865, just days after the end of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln's funeral train passed through New Jersey on its journey from Washington, D.C. to Springfield, Illinois. Thousands of people lined the tracks to pay their respects as the train passed through Newark, Jersey City, and Trenton.

4. On April 9, 1917, New Jersey's own "Jersey Joe" Walcott won the heavyweight championship of the world by defeating champion Jack Dempsey in a 15-round bout in Jersey City. Walcott, who was born Arnold Cream in Merchantville, NJ, went on to have a successful career as a boxer and later served as the sheriff of Camden County.

5. On April 9, 1987, "The Boss" Bruce Springsteen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. Springsteen, who was born in Long Branch, NJ, had already achieved great success as a musician, with hits such as "Born to Run" and "Thunder Road." His induction into the Hall of Fame cemented his status as one of the most influential and beloved musicians of all time.
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