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5 Fun Facts About May 1 In New Jersey History

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1. May 1, 1776: New Jersey Joins the Revolution
On May 1, 1776, the New Jersey Provincial Congress voted unanimously to approve a resolution supporting the Declaration of Independence, making it only the third colony to do so.

2. May 1, 1792: The Beginnings of Wall Street
On May 1, 1792, 24 brokers and merchants gathered under a buttonwood tree on Wall Street in New York City to sign the Buttonwood Agreement, which established the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Two of the signatories were from New Jersey: Samuel March and Nathan Prime.

3. May 1, 1869: A Changing of the Guard
On May 1, 1869, Philip Kearny III was appointed the first Grand Marshal of the Hoboken-based German-American Steuben Parade, which still takes place annually. Kearny was the grandson of General Philip Kearny, who served in the Civil War and was killed during the Battle of Chantilly in 1862.

4. May 1, 1930: The First Drive-In Movie Theater Opens
On May 1, 1930, the first drive-in movie theater opened in Camden, New Jersey. The concept was the brainchild of entrepreneur Richard M. Hollingshead Jr., who patented the idea and opened additional theaters across the country.

5. May 1, 1987: The Start of a New Era in Atlantic City
On May 1, 1987, Resorts International Hotel and Casino became the first casino to open its doors in Atlantic City, kickstarting a new era of gaming and entertainment in the seaside resort town. Today, there are nine casinos operating in Atlantic City.
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