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5 Fun Facts About June 22 In New Jersey History

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1. In 1756, the Battle of Long Island took place during the French and Indian War, which saw the British-led American forces defeat the French.

2. On June 22, 1776, the Provincial Congress of New Jersey formally declared their independence from Great Britain, making it one of the thirteen original colonies to do so.

3. In 1903, John Dillinger, a notorious American bank robber and gangster, was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. Although he was never active in New Jersey, his criminal exploits made him a famous figure across America.

4. On June 22, 1938, a massive fire broke out at the St. Georges Lithuanian Roman Catholic Church in Jersey City, resulting in the death of four people.

5. In 1944, during World War II, a V-1 flying bomb crashed in the town of West Orange after being shot down by a British fighter plane. No one was injured in the incident.
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