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5 Fun Facts About December 29 In New Jersey History

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1. The Battle of Trenton: On December 29, 1776, General George Washington led his troops to a historic victory in the Battle of Trenton. The surprise attack on Hessian troops resulted in Washington capturing nearly 900 enemy soldiers and obtaining much-needed supplies.

2. The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet William C. Williams was born in Rutherford, New Jersey, on December 29, 1883. His best-known work, "Paterson," was a five-part epic poem that celebrated his hometown.

3. On December 29, 1897, the world's first indoor ice hockey game was played at the Orange Athletic Club in New Jersey. The game was played on a specially designed rink that was only 56 feet long and 24 feet wide.

4. Tennis star Arthur Ashe was born in Richmond, Virginia, on December 29, 1943. Ashe spent much of his career in Montclair, New Jersey, where he won the NCAA singles championship in 1965.

5. On December 29, 1967, the New Jersey State Police became the first law enforcement agency in the world to use radar detectors to enforce speed limits. The use of radar detectors quickly became a common practice among police departments across the country.
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