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5 Fun Facts About October 1 In New Jersey History

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1. New Jersey was one of the original 13 colonies and was officially founded on October 1, 1664 when King Charles II of England granted a charter to the state's proprietors.

2. On October 1, 1979, the first Atlantic City International Airport terminal was dedicated. The $12 million facility replaced the old terminal, which had been in use since 1952.

3. New Jersey's state bird, the Eastern Goldfinch, was selected on October 1, 1935. The bird is known for its bright yellow plumage and sweet, melodic song.

4. On October 1, 1903, the first World Series was played between the Boston Red Sox and the Pittsburgh Pirates at Boston's Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds. Although not directly related to New Jersey, many residents of the state are avid baseball fans and have undoubtedly followed the World Series throughout the years.

5. On October 1, 2005, the New Jersey Devils played their first regular-season game at Prudential Center in Newark. The arena, which seats over 16,000 fans, is now the home of the Devils and has also hosted numerous concerts and other special events over the years.
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