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5 Fun Facts About March 19 In New Jersey History

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1. On March 19, 1778, the Second Middlebrook Encampment was established in Somerset County, NJ, during the Revolutionary War. General George Washington and his army stayed in the area for nearly six months, making it their longest encampment.
2. March 19, 1875, marked the opening of the Bergen County line of the New Jersey and New York Railroad, which provided a direct route from Hoboken to Suffern, NY. This expansion improved transportation for commuters and goods in northern New Jersey.
3. The first radio broadcast in New Jersey occurred on March 19, 1918, when amateur radio operator Al Kahn transmitted from his home in Newark to listeners across the state.
4. On March 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which authorized the forced relocation of Japanese Americans living on the West Coast to internment camps. Many Japanese Americans from New Jersey were also forced to relocate to camps in other parts of the country.
5. March 19, 1991, marked the groundbreaking ceremony for the Atlantic City Convention Center. The center has since hosted numerous events, including the Miss America Pageant and political conventions.
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