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5 Fun Facts About August 21 In Delaware History

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1. In 1959, the DuPont Company unveiled their new "Textolite" plastic at a chemical show in Chicago. This material would become a popular choice for electrical insulation in the automotive industry, and was manufactured at the company's plant in Seaford, Delaware.

2. On August 21, 1961, Delaware's first five rest areas on I-95 opened to the public. These facilities were among the first in the country to offer free coffee to travelers.

3. In 1975, Delaware's Coastal Zone Act was signed into law by Governor Sherman W. Tribbitt. This groundbreaking legislation established strict controls on industrial development in the state's coastal areas, in order to protect natural resources and wildlife habitats.

4. On August 21, 2014, Governor Jack Markell signed a bill legalizing medical marijuana in Delaware. The law permits licensed dispensaries to provide cannabis to patients with qualifying conditions, including cancer, epilepsy, and chronic pain.

5. In 2020, Delaware Senator Kamala Harris was named as Joe Biden's running mate in the presidential election. Harris, who was born in California but spent her early childhood in Wilmington, became the first woman of color to be nominated for national office by a major political party.
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