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5 Fun Facts About June 8 In New Jersey History

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1. On June 8, 1861, the first major Civil War battle was fought at Philippi, West Virginia, which included soldiers from New Jersey. The Union victory was a significant development in the early stages of the conflict.

2. The Bergen County Historical Society was founded on June 8, 1902, in Hackensack, New Jersey. The organization supports the preservation and promotion of local history through various events and activities.

3. On June 8, 1932, the Morris Canal, a major transportation route in New Jersey during the 19th century, was officially abandoned. The canal, which spanned 102 miles, was used to transport coal, iron ore, and other goods.

4. The USS New Jersey, a battleship that served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and Lebanon, was recommissioned on June 8, 1968, after a period of decommissioning. The ship is now a museum in Camden, New Jersey.

5. On June 8, 1992, the New Jersey Devils won their first Stanley Cup championship in franchise history, defeating the Detroit Red Wings. The team would go on to win two more championships in 2000 and 2003.
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