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5 Fun Facts About May 24 In New Jersey History

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1. In 1664, English King Charles II granted New Jersey to two English noblemen, Sir George Carteret and Lord John Berkeley. This marked the beginning of New Jersey's colonial history.

2. In 1775, New Jersey became the third colony to sign the Declaration of Independence. The signing took place in Philadelphia, as New Jersey did not have its own capitol at the time.

3. On May 24, 1844, Samuel Morse sent the first telegraph message from Washington, D.C. to Baltimore, Maryland. The message was "What hath God wrought" and it signaled a new era in communication technology.

4. In 1935, the first major league night game was played at Crosley Field in Cincinnati, Ohio between the Cincinnati Reds and the Philadelphia Phillies. The game was broadcast on radio and marked a major shift in baseball history.

5. On May 24, 2016, New Jersey students took part in the first statewide standardized test on computers. The test was part of a new initiative to modernize education and prepare students for the digital age.
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