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5 Fun Facts About November 12 In Delaware History

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1. The first Delaware State Constitution was adopted on November 12, 1776. It established Delaware as an independent state, separate from Pennsylvania and the British Crown.

2. On November 12, 1881, the first African American lawyer in Delaware, Louis L. Redding, was born. He helped to desegregate schools and public accommodations in Delaware and argued several landmark cases before the Supreme Court.

3. On November 12, 1919, the Wilmington Race Riot occurred. A clash between white residents and black soldiers returning from World War I led to several days of violence and destruction in the city.

4. The University of Delaware's football team, known as the Fighting Blue Hens, was founded on November 12, 1889. They have won multiple championships and have produced several NFL players.

5. On November 12, 1973, the Delaware Memorial Bridge, connecting Delaware and New Jersey, became the longest twin suspension bridge in the world. It spans over 3 miles and handles an average of 80,000 vehicles daily.
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