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5 Fun Facts About February 7 In New Jersey History

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1. On February 7, 1789, the state of New Jersey became the first state to ratify the United States Constitution. The state's ratification helped pave the way for the document's eventual adoption.

2. February 7, 1867, marked the birth of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the beloved Little House on the Prairie series. Although she was born in Wisconsin, Wilder later moved to Mansfield, Missouri, where she wrote many of her famous books.

3. On February 7, 1934, Percy H. Johnston became the first African American to be appointed to the New Jersey State Police. He eventually rose to the rank of captain before retiring from the force in 1952.

4. In 1987, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled in the landmark case of State v. Mary Maida that a husband could be charged with rape for forcing his wife to have sex with him. The ruling helped set a precedent for the prosecution of marital rape across the country.

5. On February 7, 2016, the Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50, a game played at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. New Jersey played a small role in the game's history, as the footballs used in the contest were manufactured in a factory in the state.
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