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5 Fun Facts About September 18 In New Jersey History

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1. On September 18, 1851, the first group of immigrants from Sweden arrived in New Jersey. The group settled in Swedesboro, and their descendants continue to live in the area to this day.

2. In 1873, the first cremation in New Jersey took place on September 18th. The remains of Asher W. Stevens were cremated at the Trenton Cemetery.

3. On September 18, 1942, the United States Navy established the Fleet Air Wing 7 at Naval Air Station Atlantic City. The fleet was responsible for training pilots and aircrew for carrier-based operations during World War II.

4. The famous American poet, William Carlos Williams, was born in Rutherford, New Jersey, on September 18, 1883. Williams is known for his unique writing style and his contributions to modernist poetry.

5. On September 18, 1989, a devastating tornado struck the town of Plainfield, New Jersey. The tornado caused significant damage and resulted in seven fatalities. The event is still remembered as one of the worst tornadoes in New Jersey's history.
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