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5 Fun Facts About July 8 In New Jersey History

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1. In 1776, the New Jersey Provincial Congress approved the New Jersey State Constitution, making it the third state to have a constitution in the United States, after Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

2. In 1834, the steamboat Henry Clay caught fire and sank in the Hudson River near Stony Point, New York. Many passengers from New Jersey were aboard, and over 50 people were killed in the disaster.

3. In 1911, Ethel Byrne, sister of birth control activist Margaret Sanger, opened the first birth control clinic in the United States in Brooklyn, New York. Women from New Jersey were among the first patients to receive contraception from the clinic.

4. In 1947, a UFO sighting occurred over Trenton, New Jersey. Witnesses reported seeing bright lights in the sky, and the incident was investigated by the U.S. Air Force.

5. In 1994, the New Jersey State Legislature passed the Domestic Partnership Act, making New Jersey the second state in the United States to recognize domestic partnerships. The act provided legal protections and benefits to same-sex couples.
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