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5 Fun Facts About January 6 In New Jersey History

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1. On January 6, 1857, the first professional baseball game was played in Hoboken, New Jersey. The game was played between the New York Nine and the Knickerbocker Club.

2. On January 6, 1838, the New Jersey legislature passed a bill that abolished the practice of imprisoning debtors in the state.

3. On January 6, 1912, the New Jersey State Board of Education passed a resolution requiring the daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in all public schools in the state.

4. On January 6, 1949, New Jersey became the first state in the United States to require that all cars have seat belts installed as standard safety equipment.

5. On January 6, 1978, the Great Blizzard of 1978 struck, dumping over 30 inches of snow on parts of northern and central New Jersey. The storm caused significant damage and disruption across the state, leading to widespread school and business closures.
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