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5 Fun Facts About June 12 In Delaware History

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1. Delaware was one of the thirteen original colonies to declare independence from Great Britain on June 15, 1776, just a few days after June 12.

2. On June 12, 1898, the Wilmington Race Riot occurred in which white mobs attacked African American neighborhoods, resulting in at least nine deaths and dozens of injuries.

3. June 12, 1929 marked the opening of the Delaware Memorial Bridge, which spans the Delaware River and serves as a vital transportation link between Delaware and New Jersey.

4. On June 12, 1967, Governor Charles L. Terry Jr. signed legislation that abolished the death penalty in Delaware, making it one of the earliest states to do so.

5. In 2018, June 12 was declared "Delaware Pride Day" by Governor John Carney in recognition of the state's LGBTQ+ community and its contributions to the state's cultural and economic landscape.
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