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5 Fun Facts About October 11 In Delaware History

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1. U.S. Senator T. Coleman du Pont was born on October 11, 1863, in Wilmington, Delaware. He served as a Republican senator from Delaware from 1921 to 1928.

2. On October 11, 1975, the Delaware Art Museum opened its doors to the public. The museum has since become one of the state's most significant cultural institutions and contains an impressive collection of American art.

3. On October 11, 1936, the Wilmington Country Club hosted the Ryder Cup, a biennial golf competition between teams from the United States and Europe. The U.S. won the tournament by a score of 9-3.

4. Delaware's first female governor, Ruth Ann Minner, was inaugurated on October 11, 2001. Minner served as governor until 2009.

5. On October 11, 1776, British forces captured Forts Mercer and Mifflin on the Delaware River, effectively cutting off General George Washington's supply line from the south. The loss of these forts was a significant setback for the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.
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