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5 Fun Facts About February 12 In New Jersey History

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1. In 1915, the first all-color feature film, "The Birth of a Nation," premiered at Clune's Auditorium in Jersey City, New Jersey. Despite its technical achievements, the film has been widely criticized for its glorification of the Ku Klux Klan and its racist portrayal of African Americans.

2. On February 12, 1733, New Jersey's first newspaper, The New Jersey Gazette, was published for the first time. The weekly publication was printed in Burlington, New Jersey, and provided news, editorials, and advertisements for the colony's residents.

3. The Battle of Bound Brook took place on February 12, 1777, during the American Revolution. British forces attacked a small contingent of American troops stationed in Bound Brook, New Jersey, but were ultimately repelled after a fierce battle.

4. In 1923, the Lincoln Tunnel, which connects Weehawken, New Jersey, and midtown Manhattan, opened to traffic. At the time, it was the longest underwater vehicular tunnel in the world and provided a much-needed transportation link between New Jersey and New York City.

5. On February 12, 1950, a severe winter storm struck the Northeastern United States, dumping several feet of snow and causing widespread power outages. In New Jersey, nearly 30 inches of snow fell in some areas, paralyzing transportation and commerce for several days. The storm is still remembered as one of the worst in the state's history.
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