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5 Fun Facts About June 4 In Delaware History

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1. On June 4, 1776, the Delaware delegation to the Continental Congress declared their support for the resolution for independence from Great Britain. This declaration paved the way for the unanimous adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

2. On June 4, 1831, the first issue of the Delaware State Journal was published in Wilmington. The paper, which would go on to become a prominent daily, was founded by Samuel Neal and served as a voice for the Democratic Party.

3. June 4, 1950 marked the opening of the first phase of the Delaware Memorial Bridge, which spans the Delaware River and connects Delaware and New Jersey. The bridge was a major engineering feat at the time and brought increased traffic and commerce to the region.

4. On June 4, 1986, Vice President George H.W. Bush visited Delaware to speak at a Republican political fundraiser in Wilmington. During his speech, he praised the state for its strong economy and low unemployment rate, and expressed confidence in the party's chances in the upcoming midterm elections.

5. June 4, 1996 saw the opening of the Wilmington Riverfront, a revitalized area along the Christina River in downtown Wilmington. The project involved extensive redevelopment of former industrial sites and has since become a popular destination for restaurants, shops, and events.
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