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5 Fun Facts About August 24 In Delaware History

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1. Delaware ratified the U.S. Constitution on August 24, 1787, becoming the first state to do so. This earned Delaware the nickname "The First State" and August 24 is now celebrated as Delaware Day.

2. On August 24, 1814, British troops landed at Lewes Beach and captured 22 locals who were defending the area. The British then sailed up the Delaware River and captured Wilmington before being defeated at the Battle of Baltimore.

3. On August 24, 1887, the city of Wilmington was hit by a tornado that caused extensive damage and killed several people. The tornado was part of a larger outbreak that affected several states in the Northeast.

4. The Brandywine Creek State Park was established on August 24, 1965. The park covers over 1,000 acres and is known for its hiking trails, fishing spots, and historic sites.

5. The University of Delaware was founded on August 24, 1743, as a school for boys in the town of Newark. It has since grown into a major research university with over 24,000 students and a wide range of academic programs.
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