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5 Fun Facts About August 13 In Delaware History

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1. On August 13, 1827, the first steamship arrived in Wilmington, Delaware, marking the beginning of a new era of transportation and trade for the state.

2. August 13, 1861, saw the Battle of Dungannon, a small skirmish between Union and Confederate forces on Delaware soil during the American Civil War.

3. Delaware native Clarence D. Crouch received the Medal of Honor for his bravery during the Battle of Okinawa on August 13, 1945. His heroic actions saved the lives of several fellow soldiers.

4. On August 13, 1961, Delaware became the last state to ban interracial marriage. The law was eventually overturned in 1964 through the landmark Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia.

5. The annual Delaware State Fair, a beloved summer tradition for locals and tourists alike, always begins on the second Thursday in August, which often falls on August 13 or around that date.
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