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5 Fun Facts About June 1 In Delaware History

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1. On June 1, 1778, the British landed on the shores of Delaware Bay, marking the beginning of the Battle of Delaware Bay. The British aimed to capture the vital ports along the bay and disrupt the flow of supplies to the Continental Army. However, the American forces managed to repel the attack and thwart the British plans.

2. June 1, 1792, marked the birth of Julius A. Leon, an African American inventor, and businessman from Laurel, Delaware. Leon became the first person to patent a folding bed, which he called the "Leon Folding Bedstead." His invention became a popular item in hotels and the military, and he went on to patent other furniture designs and establish his own factory.

3. The Delaware Railroad Company was incorporated on June 1, 1832, with the aim of constructing a rail line between Philadelphia and Baltimore. The company successfully completed the line and began operating passenger and freight service, revolutionizing transportation in the region.

4. On June 1, 1942, the DuPont Company in Wilmington, Delaware, began producing the first American-made nylon stockings. Due to the wartime shortage of silk, nylon became a popular alternative for women's hosiery. The launch of nylon stockings caused a frenzy among women, leading to long lines at stores and a nationwide shortage.

5. The Delaware Men's Lacrosse team won their first NCAA championship on June 1, 2007, defeating Johns Hopkins University in the finals. The team, led by head coach Bob Shillinglaw, finished the season with a 14-3 record and brought home the first national championship in Delaware's athletic history.
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