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5 Fun Facts About September 10 In Delaware History

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1. In 1777, British troops under General William Howe landed in Delaware in what would become the Battle of Brandywine, a major engagement in the American Revolution.

2. On September 10, 1846, the Delaware Railroad, the first steam-powered passenger train in the state, began service between Wilmington and Frenchtown, Maryland.

3. In 1895, the Delaware State Fair, now one of the state's largest annual events, opened for the first time in Harrington.

4. The Wilmington Race Riot of 1903 broke out on September 10 after false rumors that a black man had assaulted a white woman. The violence resulted in the deaths of at least three people and the destruction of several homes and businesses.

5. On September 10, 1977, the Wilmington Riverfront Development Corporation was established, marking the beginning of a major effort to revitalize the city's waterfront and create a hub for business, entertainment, and tourism. Today, the Riverfront is home to a variety of attractions, including a convention center, sports stadium, and dining and shopping venues.
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