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5 Fun Facts About December 30 In New Jersey History

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1. On December 30, 1922, the Benzol Tower at the Bayway Refinery in Linden, New Jersey exploded, killing 27 workers and injuring nearly 60 others. The explosion was caused by a gas leak and is considered one of the worst industrial accidents in New Jersey history.

2. In 1991, the New Jersey Devils defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-4 on December 30. This was the first of 11 consecutive victories for the Devils, which tied a then-NHL record for consecutive wins.

3. On December 30, 1776, General George Washington led his troops across the Delaware River to launch a surprise attack on Hessian forces in Trenton, New Jersey. The victory was a turning point in the Revolutionary War and boosted morale for American forces.

4. In 2005, the Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey opened its doors on December 30. The $1.1 billion casino-resort was the largest investment in Atlantic City’s history at the time and helped to revitalize the city’s struggling economy.

5. On December 30, 1966, the Asbury Park music venue The Upstage opened. The club played a crucial role in the development of the Jersey Shore sound, and was frequented by musicians like Bruce Springsteen, Southside Johnny, and Little Steven Van Zandt. Today, the Upstage’s legacy is celebrated through exhibits at the Asbury Park Music Foundation.
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