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5 Fun Facts About December 28 In New Jersey History

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1. On December 28, 1776, the Battle of Trenton took place during the Revolutionary War. George Washington led his troops across the Delaware River and successfully attacked Hessian soldiers who were stationed in Trenton, NJ.

2. In 1832, the Camden and Amboy Railroad was chartered on December 28th, becoming the first railroad to operate in the state of New Jersey. The railroad played an important role in transporting goods and people throughout the state during the 19th century.

3. December 28, 1885, marked the birth of the American poet, philosopher, and essayist, Robert Bridges. Bridges was the Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1913 to 1930 and is best known for his poem, "The Testament of Beauty."

4. The state of New Jersey officially adopted its state flag on December 28, 1896. The flag features two buff-colored horses, representing the state's agricultural industry, and a shield with three plows, symbolizing the state's motto, "Liberty and Prosperity."

5. On December 28, 1960, the first purpose-built indoor shopping mall in the United States, the Cherry Hill Mall, opened in Cherry Hill, NJ. The mall was designed to be a one-stop-shop for consumers and set the standard for future shopping center developments across the country.
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