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5 Fun Facts About November 28 In Delaware History

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1. In 1704, Dover, Delaware was officially established as the capital of the state. Prior to this, the capital had been located in New Castle.

2. On November 28, 1776, just five months after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Delaware became the first state to ratify the United States Constitution. This event is celebrated annually as "Delaware Day."

3. On November 28, 1822, the first steamboat launched in Delaware, named the "Delaware," was christened in Wilmington. The steamboat revolutionized transportation and commerce, allowing for increased travel and trade along the Delaware River.

4. In 1893, the DuPont Company, a multinational chemical company headquartered in Wilmington, was founded by Éleuthère Irénée du Pont. The company played a significant role in the development of the state's economy and is still a major employer in Delaware today.

5. On November 28, 1931, the Delaware Memorial Bridge was opened to the public, connecting Delaware and New Jersey over the Delaware River. At the time of its construction, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world and a marvel of modern engineering. Today, it remains an iconic landmark and an important symbol of the state's infrastructure.
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