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5 Fun Facts About January 21 In New Jersey History

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1. In 1777, the Battle of Millstone was fought near Bound Brook in Somerset County, NJ. American forces, under the command of Brigadier General Philemon Dickinson, managed to surprise and defeat British and Hessian troops, further disrupting their attempts to advance into New Jersey.

2. In 1861, the New Jersey Legislature approved an act that appropriated $500,000 for the procurement of weapons and munitions for the state's militia. This was in response to the growing tensions and eventual outbreak of the American Civil War.

3. In 1920, the Atlantic City Boardwalk, the first boardwalk in the United States, was officially opened. The boardwalk is now a iconic attraction for the city and hosts a variety of events and activities throughout the year.

4. In 1977, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued a landmark decision in the case of Karen Quinlan, which established the right of a person to refuse life-sustaining treatment. The case involved a young woman who had been in a persistent vegetative state for several years following an overdose of drugs and alcohol.

5. In 2017, millions of people across the world participated in the Women's March, a series of demonstrations in response to the inauguration of President Donald Trump the day before. One of the largest marches took place in Trenton, NJ, where an estimated 7,500 people marched through the city.
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