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5 Fun Facts About September 7 In New Jersey History

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1) In 1765, early American patriot Hugh Mercer arrived in New Jersey from Scotland. Mercer became a prominent figure in the American Revolutionary War and is best known for his bravery at the Battle of Princeton in 1777.

2) On September 7, 1916, the iconic Coca-Cola bottling plant opened in Atlantic City. The plant was the largest Coca-Cola factory in the world at the time and was a significant economic boost to the area.

3) The 1967 Newark riots, one of the deadliest and most destructive instances of civil unrest in American history, began on September 7. The riots lasted for several days, resulted in the deaths of 26 people, and caused over $10 million in damages.

4) In 1981, professional wrestler and New Jersey native Bam Bam Bigelow made his debut in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). Bigelow became a fan favorite and was known for his imposing size and impressive agility in the ring.

5) On September 7, 1992, the first episode of The Jerry Springer Show was taped in Secaucus. The controversial talk show would go on to become a cultural phenomenon, known for its outrageous guests and confrontations.
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