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5 Fun Facts About February 13 In Delaware History

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1. In 1787, Delaware became the first state to ratify the United States Constitution, making it a pivotal moment in American history. This event is celebrated every year on December 7th.

2. On February 13, 1939, famed aviator Amelia Earhart visited Wilmington, Delaware during her lecturing tour across the country. Earhart had made history in 1932 by becoming the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, and her visit to Delaware drew large crowds eager to hear her speak.

3. In 1861, during the American Civil War, the Delaware State Senate voted against seceding from the United States. Although Delaware was a slave state, it did not join the Confederacy and instead remained loyal to the Union.

4. On February 13, 1986, the Delaware River & Bay Authority approved the construction of the "Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal". The ferry is a popular transportation option for tourists visiting the area, providing a scenic route across the Delaware Bay between Cape May, New Jersey and Lewes, Delaware.

5. On this day in 1960, former Vice President Richard Nixon visited Wilmington, Delaware while campaigning for the presidency. Nixon went on to win the Republican nomination that year, but lost the presidency to Democrat John F. Kennedy in the general election.
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