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5 Fun Facts About July 9 In Delaware History

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1. In 1776, Delaware's colonial assembly declared independence from Great Britain, becoming the first state to do so.

2. On July 9, 1851, a state constitutional convention was held in Dover to revise the state's constitution. This convention became known as the "Century Convention" because it met exactly 100 years after the last constitutional convention in Delaware.

3. The famous Delaware State Fair, first held in 1920, always opens on the 2nd Thursday in July. July 9 has been the opening day of the Fair on several occasions over the years.

4. In 1983, Cheryl Crow became the first woman to be appointed as a Judge in Delaware's Court of Chancery. She was appointed by Governor Pierre S. du Pont IV on July 9 of that year.

5. On July 9, 1997, the Cape May-Lewes Ferry carried its one millionth passenger of the year, setting a new record for the ferry service. The Cape May-Lewes Ferry has been in operation since 1964 and is a popular mode of transportation for both tourists and locals.
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