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5 Fun Facts About March 16 In Delaware History

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Here are five interesting facts about March 16 in Delaware's history:

1. The first St. Patrick's Day parade in Delaware was held on March 16, 1975, in Wilmington. The parade has since become an annual tradition, attracting thousands of people from all over the state.

2. On March 16, 1918, Delaware became the first state to ratify the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which established Prohibition. The amendment went into effect in 1920, but was repealed in 1933.

3. In 1743, Thomas McKean, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, was born in New Castle, Delaware, on March 16. He served as the President of Delaware from 1777 to 1783 and later as Governor of Pennsylvania.

4. The historic Grand Opera House in Wilmington, Delaware, opened its doors on March 16, 1871, with a performance by the Rice's Surprise Party troupe. Today, the Grand Opera House is a popular venue for concerts, plays, and other cultural events.

5. On March 16, 1969, The News Journal became the first newspaper in Delaware to publish in color. The newspaper had previously been printed in black and white since its founding in 1871.
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