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5 Fun Facts About January 10 In New Jersey History

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1. On January 10, 1920, the 18th amendment to the US Constitution went into effect, which prohibited the manufacture, sale, and transportation of alcohol. This led to the rise of bootlegging and speakeasies in New Jersey and across the country.

2. In 1949, the New Jersey State Highway Department approved plans for the Garden State Parkway, which would become a major transportation artery through the state. The first section of the parkway opened to the public in 1952.

3. On January 10, 1982, the New Jersey Devils hockey team played their first game at Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, NJ. The game ended in a 3-3 tie against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

4. In 2002, New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey signed a law banning smoking in most indoor public places, including bars and restaurants. This made New Jersey the 11th state in the US to pass such a law.

5. On January 10, 2020, a winter storm hit New Jersey, causing power outages and travel disruptions across the state. In some areas, the storm brought over a foot of snow and strong winds.
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