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5 Fun Facts About February 14 In Delaware History

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1. Delaware was the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution on February 14, 1788, officially making it a state in the newly-formed United States.

2. On February 14, 1822, the Delaware State Senate passed a bill to abolish slavery within the state, making it one of the first states to take such action.

3. In 1961, the city of Wilmington, Delaware installed the first pedestrian crossing signals in the United States on February 14th.

4. On February 14, 1777, in the midst of the Revolutionary War, Delaware's General Assembly passed a resolution declaring all slaves within the state would be freed if they agreed to fight in the state's militia.

5. The Dupont family, one of Delaware's most famous and influential families, held its annual Valentine's Day Ball for more than 50 years at their estate in Wilmington, Delaware. The ball was such a prestigious event that invitations were highly coveted, often requiring a personal connection to the Dupont family to receive one.
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