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5 Fun Facts About August 29 In New Jersey History

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1. The Battle of Short Hills took place on August 29, 1777, during the American Revolutionary War. The battle, which occurred in present-day Union County, New Jersey, was a significant victory for the Continental Army against the British forces.

2. On August 29, 1844, the first official American cricket match was played at the St. George's Cricket Club in Hoboken, New Jersey. The sport became very popular in the state during the late 19th century.

3. In 1893, the first successful gasoline-powered automobile race in the United States took place in New Jersey on August 29. The race, which was held in Newark, was won by Frank Duryea driving a Duryea Motor Wagon.

4. August 29, 1916, was the day that the Jersey Shore shark attacks began. The attacks, which killed four people and injured one, happened along the coast of New Jersey between July 1 and July 12, 1916. The incidents became the inspiration for the movie Jaws.

5. On August 29, 1960, Hurricane Donna made landfall in New Jersey. The powerful storm caused significant damage and flooding along the coastline and resulted in 13 deaths in the state. It was one of the most destructive hurricanes to hit New Jersey in the 20th century.
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