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5 Fun Facts About May 25 In New Jersey History

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1. May 25, 1780: The Battle of Connecticut Farms - During the American Revolutionary War, a British force of 6,000 soldiers marched into Connecticut Farms (now known as Union) and engaged in a skirmish with a smaller group of American soldiers. The British eventually overtook the town and burned many of its buildings.

2. May 25, 1895: America's First Car Race - A 54-mile race from Chicago to Evanston, Illinois, was held, marking the first automobile race in the United States. New Jersey native Charles Duryea won the race, driving his self-built gasoline-powered car.

3. May 25, 1935: Babe Ruth's Last Game in New Jersey - The baseball legend played his final game in New Jersey at Ruppert Stadium in Newark. The stadium, which was home to the Newark Bears, was also where a young Yogi Berra played before joining the New York Yankees.

4. May 25, 1952: First Non-Stop Transatlantic Flight by a Jet - A BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation) de Havilland Comet made history with the first non-stop flight from London to New York City in just over 6 hours. This flight proved that jet travel was the future for transatlantic travel.

5. May 25, 2005: "The Sopranos" Ends - The critically acclaimed television series "The Sopranos" aired its final episode on this day. The show, which was set and filmed in New Jersey, followed the life of a fictional New Jersey mob boss, played by James Gandolfini.
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