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5 Fun Facts About November 28 In New Jersey History

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1. In 1927, the Holland Tunnel opened, connecting Jersey City to New York City. The tunnel was named after its chief engineer, Clifford Holland, and was the first mechanically ventilated underwater tunnel in the world.

2. In 1978, the infamous murder of John List's family took place in Westfield, New Jersey. List, a former accountant, killed his wife, mother, and three children, and lived as a fugitive for 18 years before being captured in Virginia.

3. In 1987, construction began on the Meadowlands Sports Complex, which would eventually be home to MetLife Stadium, the current home of the New York Giants and New York Jets. The complex also includes the Izod Center and the Meadowlands Racetrack.

4. In 2004, Rutgers University football player Eric LeGrand suffered a spinal cord injury during a tackle that left him paralyzed from the neck down. LeGrand has become an inspirational figure and advocate for spinal cord research.

5. In 2013, a train derailment in Paulsboro resulted in the release of toxic chemicals, leading to the evacuation of nearly 500 households. The incident sparked a debate over the safety of transporting hazardous materials through densely populated areas.
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