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5 Fun Facts About February 1 In New Jersey History

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1. On February 1, 1790, New Jersey became the first state to ratify the United States Patent and Trademark Office, which established a system for authors and inventors to protect their intellectual property.

2. In 1839, the first steam locomotive in New Jersey began operating on the Camden and Amboy Railroad, which ran from Camden to South Amboy. This marked a major milestone in transportation in the state and changed the course of commerce and industry.

3. On February 1, 1865, the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified by New Jersey, banning slavery and involuntary servitude in the United States, forever altering the country's social and political landscape.

4. In 1893, the first electric streetcar began operating in Newark on February 1, revolutionizing transportation in the state and ultimately leading to significant improvements in urban development and design.

5. On February 1, 2004, the New England Patriots won Super Bowl XXXVIII at Houston's Reliant Stadium, defeating the Carolina Panthers 32-29. Many New Jersey residents are avid football fans and follow the NFL closely, making this a momentous occasion to many.
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