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5 Fun Facts About July 10 In Delaware History

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1. 1731: Birth of Caesar Rodney - One of Delaware’s Founding Fathers, Caesar Rodney was born on July 10, 1731. He was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and played a crucial role in Delaware's independence from Great Britain.

2. 1898: Wilmington's First Electric Streetcars - The first electric streetcars in Wilmington, Delaware began operation on July 10, 1898. The new streetcars replaced the old horse-drawn ones and were more efficient and modern.

3. 1934: Roosevelt Signs Glass-Steagall Act - On July 10, 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Glass-Steagall Act, which separated commercial and investment banking activities. The legislation was a response to the financial crisis that occurred in the early years of the Great Depression.

4. 1964: Civil Rights Act Signed - President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act on July 10, 1964, which outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. This landmark legislation was a significant step forward in the fight for civil rights in Delaware and across the country.

5. 2003: Courthouse Shooting - On July 10, 2003, a lone gunman opened fire in the New Castle County Courthouse, killing two women and injuring two others. The shooter was killed by police, and the incident sparked new discussions about courthouse security and mental health.
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