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5 Fun Facts About November 13 In New Jersey History

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1. On November 13, 1775, the Continental Congress authorized the purchase of gunpowder to support the fight for independence during the American Revolutionary War.

2. November 13, 1833, marked the birth of Edwin Thomas Booth, a famous Shakespearean actor and the younger brother of John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln.

3. In 1933, on November 13, the state of New Jersey ratified the 21st Amendment to the United States Constitution, ending the era of prohibition and allowing the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages once again.

4. On November 13, 1951, the New Jersey Turnpike officially opened to traffic, providing a major artery for transportation within the state and connecting it to surrounding states.

5. Finally, on November 13, 1999, the Meadowlands Xanadu project was announced, which aimed to build a large retail and entertainment complex in the Meadowlands area of Bergen County. The project faced numerous delays and setbacks before finally opening as the American Dream Meadowlands in 2019.
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