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5 Fun Facts About July 23 In New Jersey History

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1. On July 23, 1883, the first intercollegiate lacrosse game in the United States was played at the Orange Oval in New Jersey. The game was between Rutgers and Stevens Institute of Technology, with Rutgers emerging as the victors.

2. The Paterson Silk Strike began on July 23, 1913, in New Jersey. The strike, which involved thousands of workers in the silk industry, was one of the largest strikes in American history, lasting for six months and resulting in dozens of arrests and injuries.

3. In 2015, Governor Chris Christie signed legislation on July 23 to officially designate the bog turtle as New Jersey's state reptile. The bog turtle is a small, endangered species that lives in wetlands throughout the state.

4. NJ Transit's River Line light rail service began operating on July 23, 2004. The 34-mile line connects Trenton and Camden, passing through several towns and cities along the way.

5. On July 23, 1921, the SS Sachem, a former private yacht that had been converted into a luxury ferry, began operating between New York City and Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey. The ferry was popular with wealthy tourists and was also used to transport several famous individuals, including Babe Ruth and Albert Einstein.
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