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5 Fun Facts About October 7 In New Jersey History

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1. On October 7, 1868, the cornerstorne for the Soldiers and Sailors Monument was laid in Trenton, NJ. The monument commemorates those who served and died in the Civil War.

2. In 1913, the New Jersey State Highway Commission was created on October 7. The commission was responsible for developing the state's system of roads and highways.

3. On October 7, 1949, the first televison station in New Jersey, WATV (later known as WNYW), began broadcasting from Newark. The station is now part of the Fox Broadcasting Company.

4. In 1973, the New Jersey State Board of Higher Education approved the merger of Rutgers University with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey on October 7. This created the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Division, which is now the largest academic health center in the state.

5. On October 7, 2002, Brett Favre of the Green Bay Packers threw his 314th touchdown pass, breaking the record previously held by Johnny Unitas. Favre is a native of Gulfport, MS, but played college football at the University of Southern Mississippi, which has a campus in Hattiesburg, NJ.
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