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5 Fun Facts About February 5 In Delaware History

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1. On February 5, 1783, future U.S. president John Quincy Adams was awarded his bachelor's degree from Harvard College. Adams would later serve as the sixth president of the United States from 1825 to 1829.

2. In 1903, Delaware became the first state to ratify the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which established the direct election of senators by popular vote. The amendment was later ratified by the requisite number of states and was added to the Constitution in 1913.

3. On February 5, 1945, Delaware-born musician and composer Frank Furness died. Furness was a pioneering figure in the field of electronic music, and his experiments with early synthesizers and tape recorders helped pave the way for future advancements in the genre.

4. In 1984, Delaware college basketball player and future NBA star Michael Jordan scored 39 points in a game against the University of Delaware. The game was part of Jordan's legendary collegiate career at the University of North Carolina, where he won a national championship in 1982.

5. On February 5, 2010, an EF2 tornado struck the town of Milton, Delaware, causing significant damage to buildings and trees. Despite the strength of the storm, no fatalities or serious injuries were reported, thanks in part to advanced weather warning systems and preparedness efforts by local authorities.
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