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5 Fun Facts About September 8 In Delaware History

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1. In 1747, the first Masonic Lodge in Delaware was formed. While the lodge initially started in Wilmington, it moved to Newark in the late 1800s.

2. On September 8, 1777, a group of British soldiers raided Lewes, Delaware, burning many homes and capturing several prisoners of war. This event played a small but significant role in the larger American Revolutionary War.

3. A famous Delaware poet, Richard McCann, was born on September 8, 1954. His works explore themes of love, death, and family, and have been included in multiple anthologies and literary journals.

4. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina caused severe flooding in New Orleans and other parts of the Gulf Coast. Many people displaced by the storm and its aftermath were sent to live in Delaware, which had a special agreement with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide housing.

5. On September 8, 2018, the NASCAR Xfinity Series held the first-ever road course race at the newly-built Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL. Despite initial concerns about the challenging course, the race proved to be a success and is now a regular event on the racing calendar.
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