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5 Fun Facts About January 4 In New Jersey History

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1. On January 4, 1912, a train carrying 18 people derailed in Atlantic City, killing 5 people and injuring several others.

2. James Buchanan, the 15th President of the United States, was born in Cove Gap, Pennsylvania on January 4, 1809. While not born in New Jersey, he did have ties to the state, as his father was a merchant in the city of Trenton.

3. The first official tree trimming ceremony for the New Jersey Governor's Christmas Tree took place on January 4, 1972. The tradition has continued ever since, with each year's tree being selected from one of the state's many Christmas tree farms.

4. In 1780, the British army attacked and burned the village of Springfield, New Jersey on January 4. The attack was part of an effort to prevent the Americans from accessing supplies stored in the village.

5. On January 4, 1975, the New Jersey Nets played their first game in the National Basketball Association (NBA), losing to the New Orleans Jazz by a score of 111-103. The Nets would go on to play in New Jersey until 2012, when they moved to Brooklyn, New York.
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