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5 Fun Facts About January 16 In New Jersey History

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1. In 1780, the Continental Army led by General George Washington massacred a group of Loyalist militia in Springfield, New Jersey during the Battle of Springfield.

2. In 1919, prohibition began in New Jersey, making it illegal to manufacture, transport, or sell alcoholic beverages in the state.

3. In 1978, the first computerized car wash in the United States opened in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

4. In 1991, the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton opened a major exhibit of contemporary photo-realistic painting.

5. In 2019, a rare sighting of a snowy owl was reported in Cape May, New Jersey, making it the first sighting of the owl species in the area in over 20 years.
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