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5 Fun Facts About March 16 In New Jersey History

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1. On March 16, 1911, the New Jersey Legislature approved the incorporation of the Borough of West Paterson, now known as Woodland Park. The name change was voted on and officially adopted in 2008 to reflect the town's woodland setting.

2. In 1777, during the Revolutionary War, the British army landed on the shores of Elizabethtown (now Elizabeth) and marched towards New Jersey's capital city, Trenton. The Battle of Elizabethtown ensued, with American forces successfully preventing the British from advancing further inland.

3. In 1926, New Jersey's first drive-in theater opened in Camden, called the "Automobile Movie Theater." The theater could accommodate up to 400 cars and became popular among families looking for a unique movie viewing experience.

4. The iconic amusement park, Six Flags Great Adventure, opened its doors on March 16, 1974. The park is now the largest amusement park in New Jersey, with over 70 rides and attractions.

5. On March 16, 1937, New Jersey's deadliest school disaster occurred in the town of New London. A natural gas explosion at the local school killed over 300 teachers and students, sparking new legislation for school safety and gas education.
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