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5 Fun Facts About February 10 In Delaware History

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1. In 1777, during the American Revolution, British troops raided the town of Lewes, Delaware. The British burned several buildings and captured weapons and supplies before retreating.

2. In 1909, the first African-American to serve in the U.S. Senate, Hiram Rhodes Revels, was honored in a ceremony at the Delaware State Capitol. Revels was born in North Carolina, but he lived in Delaware for many years, working as a teacher and a cleric.

3. In 1940, a record snowfall hit Wilmington, Delaware. The storm dumped over 27 inches of snow on the city, causing widespread power outages and travel disruptions.

4. In 1962, the Delaware Memorial Bridge opened to traffic, connecting Delaware and New Jersey across the Delaware River. The bridge, which is nearly two miles long, was the longest suspension bridge in the world at the time of its construction.

5. In 1998, Delaware Senator Joe Biden introduced legislation to establish a federal holiday honoring civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Biden had spearheaded the effort to create the holiday in Delaware in the 1980s, and his efforts helped lead to the establishment of the national holiday in 1986.
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