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5 Fun Facts About November 7 In New Jersey History

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1. New Jersey became a state: On November 7, 1787, New Jersey officially became the third state to ratify the United States Constitution, joining Delaware and Pennsylvania.

2. The sinking of the Hindenburg: On November 7, 1937, the German airship Hindenburg caught fire and crashed while attempting to dock at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey, killing 36 passengers and crew members. The tragedy marked the end of an era in air travel.

3. Election Day victories: In 1989, Democrat James Florio won the race for governor of New Jersey, defeating Republican Jim Courter. In 2000, Democrat Jon Corzine won a U.S. Senate seat, defeating Republican Bob Franks.

4. NASA launches: On November 7, 2002, NASA launched the AURA satellite, which was designed to study ozone depletion and air quality in the Earth's atmosphere. In 2011, NASA launched the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), which included the Curiosity rover, to explore the surface and climate of Mars.

5. Presidential Visits: In 1996, President Bill Clinton visited Newark, New Jersey to campaign for his re-election. In 2013, President Barack Obama visited the state to survey the damage from Hurricane Sandy and meet with local officials and residents.
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