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5 Fun Facts About July 11 In Delaware History

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1. In 1804, the final section of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal was completed, connecting the Delaware River to the Chesapeake Bay. This allowed for more efficient transportation of goods between Delaware and other states.

2. On July 11, 1840, the Academy of Newark was chartered in Newark, Delaware. This private university later became the University of Delaware, which is now a major research university with over 23,000 students.

3. In 1864, the Battle of Fort Stevens took place near Washington, D.C. Although this battle did not occur in Delaware, it involved troops from both sides that had previously fought in Delaware. The Union soldiers were ultimately able to repel the Confederate attack.

4. On July 11, 1969, Charles W. Grover became the first African-American to serve on the Delaware Supreme Court. Grover had previously served as a Superior Court judge and was known for his dedication to civil rights issues.

5. In 2011, Delaware became the first state to legalize online gambling. The legislation allowed for online poker and casino games to be offered to residents and visitors of Delaware, helping to bring in additional revenue for the state.
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