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5 Fun Facts About February 16 In New Jersey History

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1. On February 16, 1746, the College of New Jersey (now known as Princeton University) was established in Princeton, New Jersey. It was founded as a training ground for Presbyterian ministers, and it is one of the nine colonial colleges chartered before the American Revolution.

2. In 1779, the Battle of Quinton's Bridge took place near Salem, New Jersey. It was a small engagement during the American Revolutionary War, in which a group of Loyalists were ambushed by Continental troops. The Patriots were able to capture several Loyalists and confiscate their weapons.

3. The State of New Jersey adopted its first official seal on February 16, 1777. The seal features a shield with three plows, representing the state's agricultural heritage, and a helmet representing New Jersey's independent spirit.

4. On February 16, 1863, General George B. McClellan arrived in Trenton, New Jersey to inspect the state's defenses during the Civil War. His visit led to the deployment of additional troops to protect the state's borders and coastal areas.

5. The first successful parachute jump from an airplane in New Jersey took place on February 16, 1912. Theodore Roosevelt Van Deman, Jr. jumped from a Wright Model B airplane at an altitude of 1,000 feet over Atlantic City. He landed safely on the beach and received national attention for his feat.
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