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5 Fun Facts About January 18 In Delaware History

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1. On January 18, 1776, Delaware was the first state to ratify the Declaration of Independence, making it a significant day in the state's history. The document was signed by 56 men, including three from Delaware; Caesar Rodney, Thomas McKean, and George Read.

2. In 1912, Delaware passed a law banning women from driving automobiles, making it the first state in the country to do so. The law remained in effect until 1920 when the 19th Amendment was ratified, giving women the right to vote and the right to drive.

3. On January 18, 1746, English soldier, and explorer John Peter Zenger was born in Dover, Delaware. He is known for his role in the landmark case, Zenger Trial, which established freedom of the press in America.

4. In 1954, the Supreme Court of Delaware found the state's school segregation law unconstitutional in the case, Gebhart v. Belton. The decision was one of several that eventually led to the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision by the US Supreme Court in 1954.

5. On January 18, 1788, Delaware became the first state to ratify the US Constitution, making it a major player in the country's early history. The action paved the way for other states to follow, and the Constitution was eventually ratified by all 13 original states.
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