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5 Fun Facts About September 19 In New Jersey History

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On September 19, 1777, the Battle of Saratoga began, a turning point in the Revolutionary War. While the battle did not take place in New Jersey, many soldiers from the state fought in the battle, including those from the New Jersey Brigade.

The oldest continuously running fair in the United States, the Cumberland County Fair in Bridgeton, New Jersey, begins on September 19 each year. The fair originated in 1695 and has been held every year since, except for during wartime.

On September 19, 1910, the mayor of Atlantic City, Dr. Joseph L. Johnson, opened the first boardwalk in the United States. The boardwalk was constructed to keep sand out of the hotels and has since become an iconic part of the Jersey Shore.

In 1953, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was established on September 19. The agency is responsible for managing transportation and infrastructure in the region, including airports, bridges, tunnels, and the PATH train.

On September 19, 1999, Rutgers University Football played its first game in its newly expanded stadium, which was renamed High Point Solutions Stadium in 2011. The stadium can host up to 52,454 fans and is home to the university's football team.
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