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5 Fun Facts About September 2 In New Jersey History

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1. On September 2, 1790, the first United States Census was taken in New Jersey. The census recorded a population of 184,139 people, with Bergen County being the most populous county with 17,621 residents.

2. In 1901, the first electric train ran on the Camden and Atlantic Railroad in New Jersey. The train was powered by an overhead wire, and it started at Camden and went all the way to Atlantic City.

3. On September 2, 1963, the first African American was appointed to the New Jersey Supreme Court. Justice Robert L. Clifford served on the court for 18 years and was known for his progressive decisions on civil rights issues.

4. In 1990, the first public school in the United States to offer a full Japanese curriculum opened in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. The school, known as the Cherry Hill Japanese Language School, still operates today and has over 300 students.

5. September 2, 2016 marked the opening of the American Dream mega-mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Described as the largest mall in the Western Hemisphere, American Dream features over 3 million square feet of retail and entertainment space, including an indoor ski slope, waterpark, and amusement park.
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