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Here is your chance to post an interesting little tidbit of information on waht happened on this date in history. It could be sports, entertainment, science technology, whatever. Aug 06, 1890, Cy Young achieved his first major league victory. He would accumulate 511 in his career.
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On this day, Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest suffers his biggest defeat when Union General Andrew J. Smith routs his force in Tupelo, Mississippi. The battle came just a month after the Battle of Brice's Crossroads, Mississippi, in which Forrest engineered a brilliant victory over a larger Union force from Memphis that was designed to keep him from threatening General William T. Sherman's supply lines in Tennessee.
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Jul 11, 1804:
Aaron Burr slays Alexander Hamilton in duel. In a duel held in Weehawken, New Jersey, Vice President Aaron Burr fatally shoots his long-time political antagonist Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton, a leading Federalist and the chief architect of America's political economy, died the following day.
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This Day in Delaware History: June 22

1937 The world premiere of Warner Brothers film "The Singing Marine" starring Dick Powell was held at Wilmington's Aldine Theater.

1938 The Du Pont Company aired its radio serial Cavalcade of America which featured "The Swedes Land in America" and focused on their landing in Wilmington in 1638.

1960 Presidential hopeful US Senator John Kennedy visited Delaware to line up convention support for later in the summer.

1971 Passage of the landmark Costal Zone Act prohibited further refinery development in Delaware.

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On This Date in Delaware, June 21 ...

1931 Construction began on four fire towers (Dagsboro, Laurel, Bridgeville, and Ellendale) to avert any more lost timberland (10,000 acres since 1928) in downstate forests.

1951 Trap Pond near Laurel and Fort Delaware off Delaware City became Delaware's first state parks.

2001 Clifford and Bonnie Hearn of Odessa reported the state's largest sugar maple tree at their plantation Oakland off Marl Pit Road. Hearn estimated that the tree, 83 feet high with a circumference of 16.9 feet, was planted about 1842.

2005 Beach goers and merchants were pleased with the state's announcement that sand replenishment had widened the beach 175 feet at Rehoboth and would be about three or four times wider.
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On This Date in Delaware, June 20 ...

1699 A richly laden six gun brigantine lying before New Castle was taken over by pirates and sailed down the river.

1885 Delaware College in Newark voted no longer to accept coeds.

1918 Lots in Wilmington's Elmhurst sold for $100.00; $10.00 down, $1.00 a week.

1953 The first sample home in Sharondale, a new development off South Broad Street in Middletown selling for $12-15,000, opened for public inspection.
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On This Date in Delaware, June 19 ...

1651 After Queen Christina of Sweden decommissioned the battle ship damaged Kalmar Nyckel, all traces of the vessel were lost. It had brought the first Swedish settlers to Wilmington in 1638.

1864 Russell Baker Hobbs of Georgetown was a crew member aboard Confederate cruiser Alabama when it was sunk by the USS Kearsarge near Cherbourg, France.

1999 Sixty one students graduated from the last class of 39 year old Wilmington High School at North du Pont Road and Lancaster Avenue.

2001 Since 1990 Delaware's population had risen 17.6%. New Castle County increased by 13.2% to 500,265; Kent by 14.1% to 126,697 and Sussex by 38.3% to 156,638 people.
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June 17, 1813 - US invasion of Canada halted at Stoney Creek, Ont
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On This Date in Delaware, June 18 ...

1812 When Congress declared war on Great Britain, Delaware Congressman Henry M. Ridgely of Dover voted "no" because he feared what the British would do to Lewes and the Delaware coast.

1938 Louise C. Corkran established the Rehoboth Art League adjacent to The Homestead, her Henlopen Acres residence.

2001 Five people were killed on Rte. 495 near Claymont when a van loaded with 19 people rammed an oil truck loaded with 9,000 gallons of fuel.

2005 Glenn Cave of Dagsboro, fishing at the Harbor of Refuge Light in Delaware Bay near Lewes, caught a state record tautog fish of 21 lbs. and 4 oz. It was 31 inches long and had a 23.5 inch girth.
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This Day in Delaware History: June 17

1858 The Hygenia House at Collins Beach in lower New Castle County opened for the summer with rooms at $7.00 per week, $1.25 per day. Meals were 50¢ while an experienced ostler tended the horses.

1921 The State College for Colored Students (later Delaware State University) established a four year high school program for African American students.

2003 After convicted murderer Billy Bailey was hanged in 1996, the gallows were finally declared obsolete in the state since Delaware had changed its method of execution to lethal injection.

2005 After attending a business meeting in New York City, departing MBNA officials from Wilmington survived a helicopter crash in the East River.
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This Day in Delaware History: June 16

1813 The sloop Rebecca, loaded with corn for Wilmington, was attacked by 100 British soldiers near Milford as they stole the cargo and burned the ship.

1864 Lincoln's train passed through Wilmington on its way to the Sanitary Fair on Logan Square in Philadelphia. Governor Cannon represented Delaware and presented a $750 silver vase to Lincoln.

1987 State Police Trooper Randall Armistead was almost killed in a car accident on I-95 and spent the next three months in a coma.

2008 Thirteen fire companies helped save a herd of 300 cattle when the Emerson Barn near Middletown barn caught fire. Volunteers from Maryland and Pennsylvania helped milk the herd.
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This Day in Delaware History: June 15

1695 Watches were set up in Lewes to guard against French privateers who came to raid the town.

1863 Because of the lack of space at Fort Delaware on Pea Patch Island, Confederate prisoners who died were interred at Finn's Point across the Delaware River in New Jersey.

1951 Cora Saunders and Kathryn Hazeur became the first African Americans to receive a degree from the University of Delaware when they earned Master's degrees in Education.

2013 A truck carrying 42 pregnant cows from Iowa bound for the Wilmington Marine Terminal then overseas, crashed off the I-495 exit. Cited for inattention, the driver caused the death of 23 of the animals.
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This Day in Delaware History: June 14

1899 Kismet, one of the many private yachts built by Wilmington's Pusey and Jones, was christened.

1916 The cornerstone was laid for Wolf Hall at the University of Delaware in Newark. In attendance were Governor Charles Miller and Mr. Henry B. Thompson, President of the Board of Trustees.

1931 Dr. William E. B. (W. E. B.) Dubois was the featured speaker at a NAACP meeting in Dover's Booker T. Washington school.

1950 The Delmarva Chicken Festival was held in Dover and featured a frying pan 10 feet in diameter with an eight foot handle. The 650 lb. pan was eight inches deep, required 180 gallons of cooking oil to fill and could cook 800 chicken quarters at one time.
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1791 Thomas Rodney, Caesar's brother, was imprisoned for debt for 14 months in Dover as creditors seized Byfield, the principal Rodney property east of the present-day Air Force Base.

1806 From his mansion in Dover, John Dickinson wrote a friend: "The mosquitoes are so thick in many parts of this county as to kill the sheep, cattle and horses..."

1912 The Federal Government rendered its decision in a suit brought against the Du Pont Company in 1907 for violation of the Sherman Anti-Trust Laws. As a result the company had to shed itself of Atlas and Hercules, two powder making divisions.

1922 Local farmers gathered at the farm of James Tyler near Middletown to see the La Crosse tractor and how it might replace animals in the field.

2014 Today is the Seaford Kiwanis Club Annual golf tournament, with proceeds to provide college scholarships for local students. Frankbank is one of the sponsors!
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1846 The Philadelphia newspaper Keystone blamed the repeated rains in Wilmington and along East Coast on the telegraph wires that had been strung up recently.

1876 During strawberry season in Middletown, shipments on the Delaware Railroad amounted to 60 car loads a day and sold around town at 8? a quart.

1991 President George H. W. Bush visited Seaford to speak before the James H. Groves Adult High School commencement.

2008 Thieves stole two big rigs of refrigerated chicken donated by Perdue to the Food Bank of Delaware to feed the poor, elderly, and disabled. Police found the abandoned trucks in Jersey City, New Jersey three days later with most of the load thawed and spoiled.
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This Day in Delaware History: June 11

1727 At the time, our sovereign King George I of England died of a stroke at age 67.

1937 Joseph Nelson, a 36-year-old died on the gallows at Georgetown for the murder of his common-law wife, Carrie Lethel. It was the first such execution since the execution of Mrs. May H. Carey and her son in 1935.

1991 A Delaware based Boeing V-22 Osprey helicopter spun out of control at the New Castle County Airport slightly injuring two crewmen and heavily damaging the aircraft.
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1848 Illinois Congressman Abraham Lincoln, campaigning for Zachary Taylor for President, addressed a crowd from the balcony of the Athenaeum at the 4th Street Market House in Wilmington.

1918 Former President William Howard Taft (1909-1913) and future Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court (1921-30) spoke at the University of Delaware commencement.

1968 Returning from a vacation in Europe, H. Rodney Sharp, the University of Delaware's greatest benefactor died. Between 1950 and his death, the Sharp Trust had provided $32,589,183.84 to the school.

2001 Peter Tome, a skydiver from Rising Sun, Maryland, fell 13,000 feet to his death over Laurel Airport when his main and emergency chutes tangled.
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1824 Joseph Harper, Dover Revolutionary War veteran of nine engagements who lived on King and North Streets in Dover, died. He was 68 years old and had lived in Dover 40 years.

1923 President Warren Harding made a one day stop in Milford to be inducted into the Tall Cedars of Lebanon, a Masonic order. He dined at the home of Dr. Frank L. Grier at 301 Lakeview Avenue.

2009 Two brothers in kayaks lost their lives over a mill race on the Brandywine River. One brother, Chad Miller, was a minister in a Wilmington Presbyterian Church.

2011 In a heat wave, records were broken with temperatures listed at New Castle, Dover, and Georgetown Airports respectively at 97, 99, and 97?.
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1833 President Jackson debarked from his ship in New Castle and was met by Governor Caleb Bennett. He then proceeded on to Philadelphia.

1918 Due to the unpopularity of the war with Germany, Delaware College (later the University of Delaware) voted to drop teaching the German language.

1924 Forest Presbyterian Church in Middletown decided to cancel its picnic because of a measles epidemic in school.

1954 President Dwight Eisenhower flew to Dover Air Force Base in order to deliver a speech at Washington College in Chestertown, Md.
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1494 Spain and Portugal signed the Treaty of Tordesillas, which divided the New World between the two countries.
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This Day in Delaware History: June 7

1851 Captain George B. McClellan, US Army, was assigned to Fort Delaware on Pea Patch Island. McClellan would lead the Army of the Potomac in the early stages of the American Civil War.

1864 Pvt. John Callahan, Company B, 1st Delaware Infantry, died and was buried at Andersonville Prison in Georgia.

2006 Jodi Bettler and Rob Magaw, a young married couple from Wilmington, walked on the summit of Mount McKinley in Alaska. With temperatures in the minus-16 range, the altitude was 20,320 feet.

2007 The Delaware Department of Corrections announced 17 men were living on death row in its prison system.
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This Day in Delaware History: June 6

1904 Charles W. Bush, Delaware College Class of 1903 (later the University of Delaware) became the first Rhodes Scholar from Delaware.

1933 In a local option vote in all three counties for the licensure of beer and alcohol sales, only one district of 86 in the entire state voted "no." That district was Gumboro.

1944 12 Delawareans died in the first landings on D-Day in France.

1999 The Riverfront Development Corporation in Wilmington inaugurated Dravo Plaza along the Christina River on the 54th anniversary of D-Day. During World War II, it employed 10,500 workers, but by 1946 only 126 workers remained.
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This Day in Delaware History: June 5

1942 Donnie Holzmueller, Jr. of Milford was killed when his patrol boat was sunk by a German torpedo in the Atlantic Ocean.

1951 Chief Justice Clarence S. Southerland, Justice James M. Tunnel, Jr., and Justice Daniel F. Wolcott were sworn in as the first members of a separate Supreme Court. Delaware was the last state to take this judiciary action.

1956 Gary De Young was the first Caucasian graduate of Delaware State College in Dover.

1962 Suit was brought in the US District Court to rectify malapportionment in Delaware's General Assembly. The problem was 18 of the least populated districts, which represented 20% of the state's population, had a majority of the 35 State House seats.
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This Day in Delaware History: June 4

1842 A duel took place in Claymont with the wounding of General James Watson Webb of New York by Congressman Thomas F. Marshall of Kentucky, nephew of United States Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall.

1932 Hoopes Reservoir, a water supply for Wilmington, was dedicated near Greenville. In the process of filling the reservoir with water, T. Coleman du Pont's summer home, the Old Mill built in 1732, was inundated and lost forever.

1952 Ralston Purina opened a mill in Delmar with Eddy Arnold and his band as entertainment.

2007 A new $240 million C-17 Globemaster III cargo jet arrived at Dover Air Force Base, the first of 13 to accompany the already present fleet of 18 C-5 Galaxies transport planes.
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This Day in Delaware History: June 3

1797 Jacob Broom's cotton factory along the Brandywine was destroyed in fire to the extent of $4,000. Five years later the du Ponts bought the site to build their first powder mills.

1876 The Delaware State building on the Centennial grounds in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park was completed.

1968 The Educational Advancement Act grouped the state's 50 school districts into 23 with the most consolidation taking place below the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal.

2007 For the first time since 1975, heavy rains postponed a NASCAR race at the Dover International Speedway. Next day, Martin Truex, Jr. won the resumed race before 140,000 fans.

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1918 Dr. Mesrop A. Tarumianz of Russia came to Delaware to work temporarily in mental health at the Delaware State Hospital at Farnhurst, but stayed 35 years.

1933 The disappearance from Wilmington's Penny Hill State Police barracks of 145 cases of choice whiskey confiscated from bootleggers between June and December 1932 caused the dismissal of four state police privates.

1941 Lexington, the Major Philip Reybold's 65 acre estate near Delaware City, was purchased to make way for the construction of King's College, a liberal arts school.

1945 Captain Warren W. Grier, Jr. of Wilmington became one of the last soldiers killed in Germany in World War II.
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This Day in Delaware History: June 1

1914 New Castle's Battery Park opened with Dare Devil Oliver and his "wonderful dog Uno" that dived from 104 feet into 54 inches of water.

1937 Quicky marriages came to an end in nearby Elkton, Maryland. Until then, 10,000 marriages a year occurred in Elkton when filling out an application and finding a preacher was all one needed to do. Now, couples had to wait 48 hours.

1957 Vice President Richard Nixon helped former US Senator John G. Townsend celebrate his 86th birthday in Selbyville.

2008 Work began on restoring the historic Everett Theater in Middletown after the plaster ceiling came crashing down in March just hours after an Easter pageant performance.

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This Day in Delaware History: May 31

1717 British Governor William Keith introduced corporal punishment into his colony, and the whipping post became a legal institution in Delaware for 255 years until Governor Peterson signed the bill finally outlawing it.

1938 Ruth Emmert opened the Dinner Bell Inn in Rehoboth in her home on Philadelphia Street at Christian Street and Bayard Ave. It became a local landmark.

1945 Lt. John Marshall Mendinhall, II, son of John Mendinhall, Lt. Governor under Governor Simeon Pennewill, 1909-1913, died in the battle of Okinawa.

2002 Census statistics showed in 1990 40% of foreign born Delawareans traced their heritage from Europe. Ten years later in 2000 about that same percentage then came from Latin America.
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1901 Electric trolley cars of Wilmington's People's Railway Co. collided on 6th Street killing one person and injuring 20 others.

1908 A monument in memory of Brigadier General John Dagworthy was unveiled in Dagsboro's Prince George's Church.

1951 Delaware State Police Patrolman Raymond B. Wilhelm, 31, was killed in an automobile accident near Glasgow.

2003 A devastating fire ripped through the historic district in Milford engaging more than 200 firefighters that fought the blaze for four hours. It was later determined that a child knocking over a candle into a paper basket caused the calamity.
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1848 Quaker abolitionists Thomas Garrett of Wilmington and John Hunn of Middletown were found guilty in a Federal Court of breaking the Fugitive Slave Act of 1793 by helping a slave woman and her six children escape from their master in Maryland. Hunn was fined $2,500 and Garrett a total of $5,400. Despite the court action, Garrett claimed he had helped 2,700 African Americans achieve freedom and would continue to do so.

1878 The long pier in front of the Hygenia House at Collins Beach in lower New Castle County was completed and was ready to accept steamers from Philadelphia.

1922 Concrete was being poured for the first time on the du Pont Highway, later known as Route 13, between St. Georges and Tybouts Corner.

1976 In anticipation of America's celebration of its Bicentennial Celebration, Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra performed at Wilmington's Grand Opera House.
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1698 The cornerstone of Old Swedes Church was laid in Wilmington.

1881 John Cubbage, a 12 year old New Castle resident convicted of arson in burning down an outhouse, had to use a box to stand on in the pillory for one hour. Thereafter, he was given 20 lashes and one year in confinement.

1918 U-151, a German submarine commanded by Captain Nostlitz, entered the Delaware Bay and laid several mines which disrupted shipping off the coast with several sinkings.

1948 Radio Station WDOV prepared to broadcast in Dover as a tower was being erected.
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This Day in Delaware History: May 27

1654 Governor Johan Rising announced his arrival to Governor Stuyvesant and claimed Swedish control of the Delaware River.

1854 The Right Reverend Alfred Lee, Bishop of Delaware, laid the cornerstone to the present day St. Peters Church in Lewes.

1952 Movie stars Dana Andrews and Louise Albritton starred in "Valley of the Swans" on the Du Pont Company's Cavalcade of America. A national radio broadcast from the Seaford Nylon Plant, the production was based on one of the first Dutch settlements in Lewes in 1663.

2006 Christopher Kraus became one of the youngest University of Delaware graduates at age 18 when he earned a magna cum laude degree in music theory.

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This Day in Delaware History: May 26

1846 One of the first telegraph offices in Wilmington opened at 5th and Market Streets.

1926 Kent General Hospital was under construction in Dover.

1954 Barely a week after the US Supreme Court's decision on school integration, Delaware Attorney General H. Albert Young issued a legal opinion that state public schools could accept African American students without getting a court order.

1960 Texas US Senator Lyndon Johnson spoke at the Delaware Jefferson-Jackson Democrat dinner in Wilmington.
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This Day in Delaware History: May 25

1798 The British sloop DeBraak sank off Lewes with the loss of 40 lives and cargo. The ship, reputedly carried $1,000,000 in gold, defied all efforts of salvage for 186 years.

1864 Though serving from Pennsylvania as a coal heaver on USS Wyalusing in the Roanoke River, N. C. , Delaware-born Charles Baldwin was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

1954 An Air Force C-45 crashed into the Newark Lumber Yard along Main Street at 10:30 P.M. Two pilots parachuted to safety with no loss of life. Oddly, the crash missed about four or five service stations in the immediate area.

2002 The 54th Delmarva Chicken Festival scheduled for Seaford was called off amid fears that avian flu was ravaging flocks in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley and would spread here. Only one other time in 1984 was the schedule canceled.
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This Day in Delaware History: May 24

1632 Peter Minuit reported the Zwaanendael massacre of the Dutch settlers in Lewes the year before to officials in Holland.

1938 Levin Hitchens, Delmar's oldest citizen at 95 and one of the last Civil War veterans around the area, died at the home of his daughter on State Street.

2006 High deer densities of over 48,000 were reported in the state. Highest were in northern New Castle County, south central Sussex, northeast of Milford and between Seaford and Georgetown. The preferred density hoped for was about 40 per sq. mile or about 29,000 statewide.

2007 Receiving more than 23,000 applicants for the Class of 2011, the University of Delaware admitted 3,668 students, 2,600 of whom were to be freshmen reporting in the fall.
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This Day in Delaware History: May 23

1923 The Wilmington Free Institute Library at 10th and Market Streets was dedicated. The original site was a Presbyterian Church which had been removed along with its graves. They were relocated in Wilmington Brandywine Cemetery.

1956 St. Hedwig's Catholics in Wilmington began their annual Polish festivals.

1992 Governor Michael Castle and Jane DiSabatino of Wilmington married in a private ceremony at Holy Cross Church in Dover.

2001 Bruce Reynolds of New Castle resigned as William Penn High School football coach with an all-time record of 218-73-3.
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This Day in Delaware History: May 11

1774 During a nor'easter off the coast of Lewes, Captain James Hawthorne ran his British ship Severn aground. Twenty of the crew made it to shore while the ship's cargo of bottled mineral water, grist mill wheels, hand-painted china, and stoneware storage jars, came to rest in what is present-day Roosevelt Inlet.

1829 Patty Cannon, notorious slave trader, allegedly died of her own hand in the Georgetown jail by taking poison. She had been indicted on three counts of murder.

1864 2nd Delaware Infantry Captain John Evans, a bricklayer from New Castle, died of wounds at Spotsylvania near Fredericksburg, Virginia. He was buried in the Immanuel Church Yard. Also, Lt. Col. David L. Stricker of the same regiment from Dover was killed and laid to rest one week later in the town's Whatcoat Cemetery.

1940 New colonial homes were offered for sale at Seaford Manor for less than $4,500 with mortgages of $30 per month.
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1706 John French, New Castle County Sheriff, rode into the streets of Philadelphia complaining of the lack of protection against plundering pirates burning Lewes.

1794 Major Pierre Charles L'Enfant, chief engineer of the US Army, surveyed Pea Patch Island (known locally as "Pip Ash" Island) and viewed it as a possible site for a fort on the Delaware River.

1959 A carillon, a bell instrument, was dedicated in the belfry of the University of Delaware's Memorial Library.

2006 Hal Belote, a veteran horse driver, was killed when his horse stumbled at Harrington Raceway in an unusual accident.
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This Day in Delaware History: May 15

1915 Joseph Levi and Company, men's clothing store in business on Dover's Loockerman Street for 104 years, offered the very newest models of straw hats "not freaks but gentlemen's hats" from 50¢ to $3.00.

1946 Russell and Selena Bing opened Bing's Bakery on Main Street in Newark and began a tradition that lasted over half a century.

1952 Just after midnight the tanker F. L. Hayes and freighter Barbara Lykes collided in the C and D Canal and caused an explosion that killed four crewmen and ignited a fire that burned on the F. L. Hayes for three weeks. Located between the Summit and railroad bridges, millions of dollars were lost in the blockage of the canal.

1999 Construction workers digging near the Wilmington Hospital discovered the remains of over 3,189 grave sites in the Old Cathedral Cemetery which had been paved over since 1955. One such tomb was that of Medal of Honor recipient Bernard McCarren.
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1917 Thirteen men were whipped with 10-30 lashes at Greenbank at Price's Corner near Elsmere for larceny.

1918 The German language was dropped in Delaware schools per the state school board. The Wilmington Board of Education objected to the German word "kindergarten,' and preferred "primary circle.'

1953 Newly elected Massachusetts US Senator John Kennedy addressed the Jefferson-Jackson Day Democratic dinner at Hotel du Pont.

2004 Luckily, after an explosion that rocked the neighborhood and forced evacuation of some houses for two hours, no one was hurt when a broken natural gas line broke in a house in Robscott Manor near Newark.
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1781 Harry, an African American, preached a sermon on the "barren fig tree" at Thomas Chapel west of Dover. Methodist preacher Francis Asbury later commented: "The circumstance was entirely new, and the white people look on with attention."

1813 Former Delaware US Senator James A. Bayard, II and Albert Gallatin from Pennsylvania left New Castle aboard the Neptune for St. Petersburg, Russia to help broker peace with the British in the War of 1812.

1916 A railroad bridge over the Christina River was dedicated in Wilmington.

1941 Lewes and Rehoboth residents were aroused when practice salvos were fired by guns at the newly constructed Fort Miles.
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1787 George Washington spent the night in Wilmington's O'Flinn's Happy Retreat Tavern (formerly Sign of the Ship), on the southeast corner of 3rd and Market) on his way to attend the opening of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.

1834 Governor Caleb Bennett pardoned Mary Miners of Dover because of her advanced pregnancy. She was to be whipped with 21 lashes for larceny.

1945 PFC Philip Volturo of Wilmington, veteran of the Battle of the Bulge and fierce fighting in Germany, drowned accidentally two days after the war ended.

1949 In a spirited referendum, Middletown residents voted 337-114 to have Sunday movies even though for the previous nine weeks the Everett Theater had been doing so, but only after 8:45 P.M. so as not to interfere with churchgoers.
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1774 During a nor'easter off the coast of Lewes, Captain James Hawthorne ran his British ship Severn aground. Twenty of the crew made it to shore while the ship's cargo of bottled mineral water, grist mill wheels, hand-painted china, and stoneware storage jars, came to rest in what is present-day Roosevelt Inlet.

1829 Patty Cannon, notorious slave trader, allegedly died of her own hand in the Georgetown jail by taking poison. She had been indicted on three counts of murder.

1864 2nd Delaware Infantry Captain John Evans, a bricklayer from New Castle, died of wounds at Spotsylvania near Fredericksburg, Virginia. He was buried in the Immanuel Church Yard. Also, Lt. Col. David L. Stricker of the same regiment from Dover was killed and laid to rest one week later in the town's Whatcoat Cemetery.

1940 New colonial homes were offered for sale at Seaford Manor for less than $4,500 with mortgages of $30 per month.
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1876 President Ulysses S. Grant helped open the Centennial Exposition in nearby Philadelphia's Fairmount Park with many Delawareans among the 186,000 people attending the first day.

1911 Collins and Ryan, local propane gas dealers for years, opened their store in Millsboro.

1945 Wilmington bars, forced to have lights out during the war by midnight, were allowed to stay open longer.

2006 Army PFC Stephen Snowberger, 10th Mountain Division who grew up in Bear, was killed in Baghdad when a roadside bomb exploded.
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1846 Lieutenant R. E. Cochran, a graduate of West Point who was born in New Castle County and reared in Delaware City, was killed in the Battle of Matamoras, the first battle of the so-called Mexican War.

1896 When a 60 foot whale washed up dead on the beach near Ocean View, many spectators came thinking of the many barrels of oil that could be derived therefrom.

1911 Nellie Marker, 14, and Willie Faucett, 12, were both killed alongside the railroad tracks in Wyoming west of Camden while picking flowers.

1991 A ten day Tour Du Pont bicycle marathon began in Wilmington.
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1671 The census of Whorekill (an area which later came to be known as Kent and Sussex Counties) was recorded and indicated only 50 colonists lived in the area.

1775 George Washington lodged again in Wilmington on his way to the 2nd Continental Congress in Philadelphia. After he accepted the leadership post of Commander-in-Chief a week later in Boston, he did not see his home at Mount Vernon again for six years.

1961 Jacqueline Kennedy visited Winterthur and dined with owner Henry F. du Pont and his wife. The first lady had chosen du Pont two months before to head her 12 Fine Arts committee to redecorate the White House.

2006 Lance Corporal Richard James, 20, of Seaford, was killed in Ramadi, Baghdad by enemy fire in an ambush.
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1709 The village of Lewes was plundered by a French privateer.

1932 With the Dutch ambassador on hand, the 300th Anniversary of the landing of the Dutch was celebrated in Lewes. Unfortunately, the ceremonies were marred by the collapse of two viewing stands of 1,000 people. The accident injured five, one of whom was former US Senator L. Heisler Ball.

1945 While James P. Connor of Wilmington, Medal of Honor recipient, was being received at the White House, President Truman was called away to receive the premature news of VE Day. When there was some hesitation about whether or not the Germans had surrendered, President Truman jokingly threatened to send Sgt. Connor back over there.

1997 Chief Justice E. Norman Veasey reported the state was approaching 300,000 companies incorporated in Delaware, including about 60% of the Fortune 500 in the country. Franchise taxes were bringing in about $375,000,000 or about 20% of the state's budget.
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1846 Due to the deaths of two others in the line of succession, House Speaker William Temple of Smyrna became Delaware's third governor within two months.

1848 The Corbit Library opened in Odessa with funding from the estate of Dr. James Corbit.

1921 Mrs. A. Felix du Pont, interested in Babies' Hospital (later St. Michael's Day Nursery) and the children's summer camp of Hockessin, helped organize the first Wilmington Flower Mart on 11th and Madison Streets.

1982 World War II hero Lt. General Jimmy Doolittle who had led the surprise raid on Tokyo in the early days of World War II visited Dover Air Force Base along with his wife.
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1807 Joseph Scott, traveling through the town of New Castle, stated it had 160 houses and 1,200 inhabitants. In addition, he said there were seven large packets ferrying people between there and Philadelphia and 10-15 wagons hauling goods and passengers to Frenchtown on the Elk River in Maryland.

1819 Governor John Clark pardoned John Rutter of New Castle County for murder on the condition that he leave the state and never return.

1919 Kennett Pike, the last toll road in the state, closed. For years the company exempted funerals and churchgoers. Now, P. S. du Pont paved it at $85,000 per mile and then turned it over to the state for one dollar. It led directly to his home at Longwood Gardens, across the line in Pennsylvania.

1920 Though the Delaware State Senate voted 11-6 to ratify the 19th Amendment, the House refused to consider it.
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1834 Eliza P. Jaquett died at age 64 of flu at her home Long Neck in south Wilmington. Her husband, Peter, was the next to last Revolutionary War officer still alive in Delaware when he died a few weeks later.

1922 The first public radio concert took place on station WHAV (later, WDEL) in Wilmington.

1946 Two hundred and seventy German POWs, the last of 4,300 held in the state during World War II, left Fort du Pont for Fort Dix, NJ.

2004 Several Sussex County farmers reported old hand grenades and wartime ordinance among clam shells which had been delivered for their driveways.
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1792 Kent County Sheriff John Clayton chased legislators out of the new State House in Dover in order for workmen to finish their job. The Legislature had been meeting in the Golden Fleece Tavern on Dover's Green since moving from New Castle in 1777.

1863 William Temple, 48, former acting governor (1846-47) and Congressman-elect, died in Smyrna before he could be sworn in.

1933 Though all three state counties remained dry, beer went on sale for the first time in Wilmington after 13 years since Prohibition began.

2008 Winterthur in Wilmington offered an array of antique cars to be exhibited which included a 1926 Rolls-Royce Playboy Roadster, a 1937 Packard 12-Cyl Touring Sedan, and a 1935 LaSalle Convertible with a Rumble Seat.
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