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5 Fun Facts About June 29 In New Jersey History

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1. On June 29, 1776, the New Jersey delegation in the Continental Congress voted in favor of the Declaration of Independence, making New Jersey one of the original 13 colonies to declare its independence from Great Britain.

2. On June 29, 1888, the Great White Hurricane struck the Jersey Shore, bringing blizzard conditions and causing extensive damage. The storm, also known as the Schoolhouse Blizzard, claimed the lives of more than 200 people in the northeastern United States.

3. On June 29, 1929, the Rutgers University football team departed for a historic trip to Germany to play against a team from Heidelberg University. This was the first American college football team to play in Europe and helped to popularize American football in Germany.

4. On June 29, 1967, the Newark riots began, a five-day period of civil unrest that resulted in more than 25 deaths, hundreds of injuries, and millions of dollars in property damage. The events were sparked by the arrest and beating of a black taxi driver by Newark police.

5. On June 29, 2016, the Garden State Plaza mall in Paramus became the first mall in the United States to house a permanent indoor skiing and snowboarding facility. The Big Snow America facility features 12 trails, three ski lifts, and real snow year-round.
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