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5 Fun Facts About September 29 In New Jersey History

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1. On September 29, 1781, the American and French forces under General George Washington and Comte de Rochambeau marched south from New York to Yorktown, Virginia, where they achieved a decisive victory over the British army. This victory marked the end of the Revolutionary War and eventually led to the recognition of the United States as an independent nation.

2. In 1911, the Great Fire of Paterson broke out on September 29, destroying much of the city's industrial district and leaving thousands of people homeless. The fire, which was caused by a spark from a chimney, burned for several days before finally being brought under control.

3. On September 29, 1952, the first passenger jet flight took off from Idlewild Airport (now JFK Airport) in New York City, bound for Miami, Florida. The plane was a de Havilland Comet operated by the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC).

4. In 2008, the New Jersey Devils played their first regular season game at the Prudential Center in Newark on September 29. The Devils defeated the New York Islanders 2-1 in overtime in front of a sold-out crowd of 17,625 fans.

5. On September 29, 2019, the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins played the first regular season NFL game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The game was won by the Giants, 24-3.
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