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5 Fun Facts About November 26 In New Jersey History

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1. In 1783, the last British troops departed from New York City, which at the time, included parts of present-day New Jersey. The departure marked the end of the Revolutionary War and the beginning of a new era for the United States.

2. In 1847, the Washington Monument was completed and dedicated in Washington, D.C. The monument, made of marble and granite, stands at over 550 feet tall and is the tallest stone structure in the world.

3. In 1917, the United States declared war on Austria-Hungary, officially joining World War I. New Jersey played a significant role in the war effort, supplying soldiers, supplies, and a significant amount of weaponry to the war effort.

4. In 1933, the world-famous American activist and feminist, Gloria Steinem, was born in Toledo, Ohio. Steinem famously co-founded Ms. Magazine and was a leading voice in the women's liberation movement of the 1960s and 1970s.

5. In 1970, New Jersey became the first state in the country to establish a lottery. The state lottery has since raised billions of dollars for various programs and initiatives, including educational and environmental programs.
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