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5 Fun Facts About July 17 In Delaware History

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1. In 1827, the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal opened, connecting the Chesapeake Bay and the Delaware River. The canal was a major transportation route for goods and people and helped to stimulate the economy in both Delaware and Maryland.

2. In 1933, the DuPont Company introduced nylon, a synthetic fiber that revolutionized the textile industry. Nylon quickly became a popular material for clothing and other consumer products.

3. In 1954, the Wilmington race riots erupted, triggered by tensions between African American and white residents. The riots lasted for several days and resulted in significant property damage and injuries.

4. In 1975, Delaware became the first state to decriminalize marijuana possession for personal use. However, it was not until 2011 that the state legalized medical marijuana use.

5. In 2013, a Delaware Chancery Court judge ruled that the computer chip company, Dell, had been undervalued in a buyout led by founder Michael Dell. The ruling allowed shareholders to receive a higher price for their shares and set a precedent for future corporate buyouts.
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