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5 Fun Facts About September 9 In Delaware History

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1. On September 9, 1779, a group of British soldiers attacked the town of Lewes, Delaware, in a surprise raid that resulted in the burning and destruction of several buildings.

2. The first intercollegiate football game in Delaware history was played on September 9, 1882, when the Delaware College team (now the University of Delaware) defeated the Swarthmore College team by a score of 32 to 0.

3. September 9, 1986, was a significant day in Delaware's environmental history, as the state's Coastal Zone Act was declared constitutional by the United States Supreme Court. The law, which restricts industrial development in Delaware's coastal areas, is considered a landmark piece of environmental legislation.

4. On September 9, 1982, Delaware native Tyreke Evans was born. Evans went on to have a successful basketball career, including being named the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2010 and playing for several teams, including the Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans.

5. September 9, 1914, saw the opening of the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington, Delaware. The fairgrounds became a popular venue for agricultural exhibitions and events, and today they host the annual Delaware State Fair, as well as other events throughout the year.
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