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5 Fun Facts About December 26 In New Jersey History

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1. On December 26, 1776, General George Washington and his troops crossed the Delaware River from Pennsylvania into New Jersey, surprising and defeating Hessian troops in the Battle of Trenton the following morning.

2. On December 26, 1837, New Jersey's first railroad, the Camden and Amboy, began construction on a new line from Trenton to New Brunswick.

3. On December 26, 1908, the first longer-than-standard electric streetcar, or interurban, in the United States began service between Trenton and New Brunswick.

4. On December 26, 1960, the first Christmas Day game in NBA history was played, with the New York Knicks beating the Syracuse Nationals 123-118 at the Teaneck Armory in Teaneck, New Jersey.

5. On December 26, 1992, a winter storm hit the state, dumping more than two feet of snow and causing widespread power outages and transportation disruptions. The storm was dubbed the "Blizzard of '92" and is considered one of the worst winter storms in New Jersey history.
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