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5 Fun Facts About October 28 In New Jersey History

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1. In 1776, during the American Revolution, the Battle of White Plains took place in Westchester County, New York, near the New Jersey border. Many New Jersey soldiers fought in this battle, which ultimately resulted in a British victory.

2. On October 28, 1830, the first railroad in New Jersey opened between Camden and South Amboy. This historic event paved the way for transportation and commerce throughout the state.

3. In 1885, the first game of football played under the rules of the newly formed American Football Association took place between the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Princeton Tigers in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

4. In 1940, the first African American woman to serve as a New Jersey State Assemblywoman was elected. Mary T. Norton held this position for four consecutive terms and was a champion of workers' rights and civil rights.

5. On October 28, 2012, Hurricane Sandy struck the east coast of the United States, including New Jersey. The storm caused widespread damage and power outages in the state and resulted in several tragic deaths. Despite the devastation, the community came together to support one another and rebuild.
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