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5 Fun Facts About February 4 In New Jersey History

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1. In 1783, the Continental Congress declared the cessation of hostilities in the American Revolutionary War, effectively ending the conflict and paving the way for independence. New Jersey played a crucial role in the war effort, serving as a key battleground and supplying soldiers, equipment, and provisions.

2. In 1841, former President William Henry Harrison stopped in Trenton on his way to Washington for his inauguration. Harrison gave a brief speech and toured the city, becoming the first president to visit New Jersey while in office.

3. In 1936, the New Jersey State Police was established, becoming the first state police force in the nation. The force was created to combat rising crime and enforce traffic laws on New Jersey's highways.

4. In 2004, New Jersey hosted its first Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford. The game featured the New England Patriots and the Carolina Panthers, with the Patriots winning 32-29.

5. In 2019, a 17-year-old student shot and killed two classmates at a high school in Morris County before turning the gun on himself. The incident sparked renewed concern about school safety and gun control in New Jersey and throughout the nation.
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