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5 Fun Facts About October 16 In New Jersey History

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1. In 1854, the first campus building of Princeton University, Nassau Hall, was destroyed by fire on this day. The building was eventually restored and today houses administrative offices and classrooms.

2. The New Jersey State Museum in Trenton, which houses collections and exhibits on natural history, archaeology, and fine art, opened its doors to the public on October 16, 1965.

3. The town of Cape May, located at the southern tip of New Jersey, was founded on October 16, 1869. It is known for its Victorian architecture and is a popular destination for tourists.

4. In 1955, the William Green Federal Building, located in downtown Trenton, was dedicated. It is named after William Green, a labor leader who served as president of the American Federation of Labor from 1924 to 1952.

5. On October 16, 1776, the Battle of Harlem Heights was fought during the American Revolutionary War. General George Washington led his troops in a successful attack against British forces, helping to boost morale and confidence among the Continental Army.
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