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5 Fun Facts About November 16 In New Jersey History

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1. In 1889, the first issue of The Jersey Journal newspaper was published. The paper continues to be a leading news source for the state and the city of Jersey City.

2. In 1920, the first commercial radio station in New Jersey, WAAM, began broadcasting. The station was based in Jersey City and played popular music at the time, such as jazz and blues.

3. In 1938, a devastating hurricane struck the east coast of the United States, including New Jersey. The storm caused severe flooding and damage, with many communities along the coast destroyed.

4. In 1986, former professional baseball player Lou Gehrig was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Ronald Reagan. Gehrig was born in Manhattan but spent much of his childhood in New Jersey.

5. In 2001, the New Jersey Turnpike was closed for several hours after an accident involving a tanker truck carrying hazardous materials. The accident caused a large fire, and several people were injured as a result.
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