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5 Fun Facts About March 21 In New Jersey History

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1. The New Jersey State Library was founded on March 21, 1796.

2. On March 21, 1959, a fire broke out in the Garden State Race Track in Cherry Hill, causing $3.5 million in damages.

3. March 21, 1902, marked the birth of Ruth O'Brien, a prominent New Jersey politician who served as the mayor of Madison, New Jersey, from 1967 to 1973.

4. In 1719, a group of German-speaking immigrants called "Palatines" arrived in New Jersey on March 21. They settled in what is now known as the village of Oldwick.

5. On March 21, 1864, the 4th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry Regiment participated in the Battle of Boydton Plank Road during the American Civil War. The regiment suffered heavy losses, with 250 soldiers killed, wounded or captured.
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