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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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This Day in Delaware History: April 24

1784 George Washington, on his way to Philadelphia to attend a meeting of the Society of the Cincinnati, stopped in New Castle to attend the wedding of Nicholas Van Dyke's daughter Anne to Kensey Johns in New Castle.

1899 John Philip Sousa's played a concert at Wilmington's Grand Opera House.

1943 Middletown's Sergeant William L. Nelson, Co H, 60th Infantry Regiment, was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously for gallantry in battle near Djebel Dardyss, Tunisia.

1969 A public housing bill, calling for no discrimination in selling and renting, was signed into law by Governor Peterson.
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This Day in Delaware History: April 23

1886 William G. Whiteley, Congressman (1857-61), 66, died in Wilmington and was buried in Bridgeton, New Jersey.

1923 The General Assembly created the Delaware State Police just in time as Federal agents found two 150 gallon stills near Taylor's Bridge in lower New Castle County.

1999 David J. Lawrie was executed by lethal injection at 12:17 A.M. in Smyrna for the murder of his estranged wife and two children.

2006 More than 50 people were left homeless after fire destroyed one building and damaged another at Chelsea on the Square Apartments off Route 896 in Glasgow.
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This Day in Delaware History: April 22

1764 Charles Mason, Jr. and Jeremiah Dixon measured Delaware's western boundary and placed a marker in the southwest corner of the state at Columbia west of Delmar.

1779 Methodist circuit rider Freeborn Garrettson preached to an audience of 200 at a clearing called Sound near Assawoman Bay in Baltimore Hundred.

1822 Lands of bankrupt James Clayton (father of later US Senator John M. Clayton) were sold at a sheriff sale in Milford.

1865 Hundreds of Delawareans went to view Lincoln's body in Philadelphia's Independence Hall as some 300,000 mourners in lines three miles long passed by.
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This Day in Delaware History: April 21

1813 British sailors from the warship Poictiers blocking Delaware Bay landed at Little Creek seeking supplies, but were run off by farmers after 36 hours.

1947 The first car, a Pontiac, rolled off the line at the new General Motors plant on Boxwood Road in Wilmington.

1994 Two undercover policewomen posing as prostitutes nabbed seven men for solicitation near New Castle on Route 13.

2003 A husband/wife animal rescue team near Glasgow was charged with cruelty and neglect. Removed from the premises were 66 cats, 22 each of dogs and birds, nine hamsters, three ferrets, four each of lizards, rabbits, rats and hybrid gerbils, eight chinchillas, one turtle, and several fish.
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April 19, 1861

Residents of Baltimore, Maryland, attack a Union regiment while the group makes its way to Washington, D.C.

Baltimore's hostilities to the North were already well known, as just two percent of the city's voters cast their ballots for Abraham Lincoln for president while nearly half supported John Breckinridge, the Southern Democratic Party candidate. Lincoln was to pass through Baltimore on his way to Washington for his inauguration, but death threats forced the president-elect to slip through the city in the middle of the night in disguise.

Baltimore was a cauldron of secessionist feeling, and these tensions boiled over on April 18. Pro-Confederate volunteers gathered at Bolton Station to hurl insults and rocks at Pennsylvania troops as they changed trains en route to Washington. Now, on April 19, the 6th Massachusetts regiment disembarked from a train and was met with an even more hostile crowd. Tensions rose as the 11 companies of the 6th arrived. Cobblestones rained down on the soldiers as they prepared to transfer from the President Street Station to Camden Station. Shots were fired, and when the smoke cleared four Massachusetts soldiers lay dead along with 12 Baltimoreans, while 36 troops and an undetermined number of civilians were wounded.

Washington was effectively cut off from the North. In the following months, Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus and hundreds of secessionist leaders were rounded up. Within six months, the Union was again in control of Baltimore.
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This Day in Delaware History: April 19

1789 George Washington stayed in Wilmington and left at sunrise on his way to New York to be sworn in as President.

1865 Mayor Joshua Maris declared a day of mourning for assassinated President Lincoln in the City of Wilmington. Businesses were to close from noon to 3 P.M. and city bells were to ring from 2-3 P.M.

1945 Mrs. Mildred Marando of Delmar was notified by the War Department that her son, Pvt. Thomas C. Marando, had been liberated from a German prison camp.

1964 After 42 months of construction, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel near Norfolk, Virginia, was opened.

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This Day in Delaware History: April 15

1824 The first sod was turned near Delaware City as construction on the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal began with 2,600 men being paid 75¢ a day.

1915 Two hundred immigrants, being suspected of having smallpox on their way to Philadelphia aboard the steamer Verona, became quite upset when they were detained at the Lewes quarantine camp.

1940 The commercial shad season in the Delaware River around New Castle was just about dead due to overfishing and industrial pollution. A good day's catch of 30,000 around 1890 was not unheard of.

2004 Three passers-by rescued a 76 year old man whose pickup truck had veered off North State Street into Dover's Silver Lake.
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This Day in Delaware History: April 13

1880 It was reported that peach buds in orchards downstate as far north as Dover had been killed by a late frost.

1926 The Cape Henlopen Lighthouse finally toppled into the sea during a storm after the dune upon which it rested washed away. Built in 1765, it was the second oldest such structure in the United States.

1997 Bishop Michael A. Saltarelli dedicated the new Holy Cross Church in Dover.

2009 Fire ripped through a new Hampton Inn hotel under construction just outside Milford causing at least $1 million in damages.
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This Day in Delaware History: April 12

1934 The Du Pont Company, represented by Lammot and Felix du Pont, testified before US Senator Gerald Nye's committee in Washington on companies that profiteered from munition sales in World War I, but the hearings were inconclusive.

1943 The 2nd War Loan Drive was held in the state as a captured two-man Japanese suicide submarine was exhibited in Georgetown, Dover, and Wilmington.

1987 A fire at Wesley College in Dover killed student Christopher Sterner of York. Pennsylvania.
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This Day in Delaware History: April 10

1877 Daniel Corbit died at home in Odessa at the age of 81. A tanner with his father William, he was twice married, his first wife being the sister of US Senator Arnold Naudain (1830-37).

1941 Fresh from spring training camps, the New York Yankees and Brooklyn Dodger baseball teams played an exhibition game at Wilmington Park on Governor Printz Boulevard.

1977 The Dover Air Force Base mortuary processed the remains of 326 people killed in the world's worst aviation accident when two jumbo jets collided on a fog-bound runway in the Canary Islands.

2007 The Ross Point School near Laurel, a country schoolhouse that served African American pupils from 1923 to 1964, burned to the ground.

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This Day in Delaware History: April 8

1871 A social game of "base ball" was played between the American Club of Harrington and the National Club of Masten's Corner with American winning 31-13.

1893 President Grover Cleveland visited his appointee former US Senator Thomas F. Bayard, Sr. in Wilmington before he left to represent the United States as ambassador to the Court of St. James in England.

1895 Governor Joshua Marvil, 69, who was elected the previous November, died in office at Laurel.

1945 Sergeant Marshall Tyndall of Wilmington, formerly of Georgetown, helped inventory 100 tons of gold bullion found in a mine in Germany placed there by escaping Nazis.
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1813 Governor Haslet called the Legislature into special session as the British, seeking water and supplies, bombarded Lewes for 22 hours. Several hundred shells were fired over and into the town. 1913 Roller skating had become such a nuisance on Lewes sidewalks that the city council decreed that it could be done only between the hours of 8-9 AM and 4-6 PM.

1946 A blaze, possibly from a smoldering cigarette butt in the bar destroyed the Black Cat Recreational Centre on Du Pont Boulevard at State Road with an estimated loss of $65,000.

2004 Marine Pfc. Anthony Roberts, a 2003 Middletown High School graduate, was killed in fighting around Ramadi, Iraq.
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1777 David Hall became the Colonel of the Delaware Regiment succeeding John Haslet who had been killed at the Battle of Princeton January 3.

1858 The Delaware College (University of Delaware) trial opened in New Castle investigating the death of John Edward Roach on campus.? One of the suspects was Samuel M. Harrington, Jr., the son of the Chancellor and former Chief Justice.

1886 In a report of the Dover Library, the director stated he had endeavored to guard against..."catering to the fervid cravings often indulged by youthful minds for sensational or frivolous literature."?

1923 A twister wrecked cars and blew a school off its foundation at Taylor's Bridge in lower New Castle County.
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This Day in Delaware History: April 2

1863 Col. Robert Buchanan, who once compelled Ulysses Grant to resign from the US Army because of drunkenness, assumed command at Fort Delaware.

1933 After a train carrying the Boston Red Sox baseball team wrecked in Wyoming killing the engineer and fireman, the team travelled onto Jersey City to play a game that night.

1945 Sgt. Bauduy Grier of Wilmington was rescued after drifting in a life raft for 24 days in the China Sea. He was the only survivor of his plane crash.

2001 The Du Pont Company announced it would cut 550 jobs at the Seaford Nylon plant and another 700 in the Wilmington area as part of a corporate restructuring plan.
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1880 The Wilmington Morning News was first published and championed the rights and education of African Americans.

1932 Watermen in Woodland Beach in Kent County stretched out their catch of muskrats, or marsh rabbits to be sold for their skins. Also, when cooked properly, muskrat meat made fine dark gravy poured on mashed potatoes and turnips.

1959 Biggs Airfield near New Castle, dating from 1922, was sold to developers who eventually built Penn Acres.

1961 Winterthur's Henry F. du Pont accepted Mrs. John F. Kennedy's invitation to head the 12 member Fine Arts Committee. Its purpose was to restore authentic furnishings and decorations to the White House.
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This Day in Delaware History: March 31

1893 Former Delaware US Senator Thomas F. Bayard, Sr. was appointed President Grover Cleveland's first ambassador to Great Britain.

1911 The Legislature approved the legislation for T. Coleman du Pont's to build a road that would run the length of the state.

1933 Wilmington welcomed Rudy Vallee and his Connecticut Yankees Orchestra at the opening of the Coliseum at the Black Cat just south of the Route 40 cut off on Route 13. Prominent dignitaries were invited including Governor C. D. Buck and Wilmington Mayor Frank Sparks.

1954 Lt. Laurence Coe Layton of Georgetown, declared missing after last seen bailing out of his Sabrejet F-86 over the Chongehon River in North Korea in September, 1951, was finally declared dead.
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1721 General John Dagworthy, an inheritor of 20,000 acres in Sussex County (then Maryland), was born in Trenton, New Jersey.

1859 Delaware College (University of Delaware) suspended classes due to the lack of money and students.

1903 The Delaware Society of Colonial Dames marked the spot of the landing of the Swedes at the Rocks near 7th Street in Wilmington with a monument.

2003 Twenty three year old Sgt. Brian McGinnis of St. Georges was killed in an army Huey helicopter crash in southern Iraq.
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This Day in Delaware History: March 26

1910 Guard Thomas C. McCullough, 40, was shot and killed at the New Castle County Workhouse by a prisoner who grabbed another officer's revolver.

1936 People marveled at the "Miracle of the fishes" in Lewes when ocean currents flung up thousands of small rock and perch fish on the beaches.

1945 Stewart's Mate John Bryant of Wilmington was killed when a Japanese kamikaze plane hit his destroyer. His body was buried at sea.

1967 Jim Thompson of Wilmington, the "Silk King of Thailand", disappeared in the jungles of Malaysia. Less than six months later his eldest sister was murdered inexplicably in her home just across the Pennsylvania line off Kennett Pike. To this date, both mysteries are unsolved.
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This Day in Delaware History: March 25

1872 Junius Brutus Booth, brother of President Lincoln's assassin, performed a week of Shakespeare in Wilmington's Grand Opera House.

1921 The General Assembly replaced the county system of schools for a statewide one. As a result, the state's share of school support jumped from 35 to 86%.

1950 The townspeople of Viola voted to allow baseball games on Sundays.

1965 A Dover based C-124 airplane crashed near Cordova, MD killing all six crewmen.
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This Day in Delaware History: March 23

1813 The demands of British Commodore John Poo Beresford for provisions for his ships were refused by the people of Lewes.

1926 The Iron Lift Bridge over the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal in St. Georges was opened to vehicular traffic.

1972 Delaware became the first state in the continental 48 to adopt the Equal Rights Amendment for women.

1984 Felton Mayor William Myers, 63, was elected to his 33rd consecutive year on the town council.
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This Day in Delaware History: March 19

1931 No less a personage than George Bernard Shaw spoke out in an article in the New York Times about Delaware's continual use of the whipping post.

1959 Two F-94 jets collided 35,000 feet near Dover after the Pennsylvania Air National Guard pilots parachuted to safety. The flash therefrom at 8:15 P.M. was seen as far away as Wilmington and Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

2000 Major contributors to the state general fund were listed as: lottery, $168 million; income tax, $740 million; and franchise tax, $464 million.

2007 The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife stated that north of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal the deer population was estimated at 147 per square mile. In lower Sussex County near Millsboro, it was 92 per square mile.
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This Day in Delaware History: March 17

1923 Trappers of muskrat marshes around Odessa closed a successful season making more money than they did on their tillable lands the year before.

1943 Auto inspections in the state were suspended due to the war effort.

1959 The last passenger train serving Wyoming, Delaware left heading north.

1984 The vacated Memorial Division Building of the Wilmington Medical Center on Shallcross Avenue and Van Buren Street was leveled by an implosion which took seven and one-half seconds. Condominiums were planned for the site.
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This Day in Delaware History: March 14

1849 Frank P. Harper planted the elm trees on Dover Green.

1911 Governor Pennewill signed the bill providing for a women's college in Newark.

1933 All Wilmington banks reopened after President Roosevelt's bank holiday except the Brandywine Trust Company which went into receivership.

1942 Delawareans were urged to plant victory gardens in the spring to help promote food production for the war effort.
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This Day in Delaware History: March 13

1776 Sussex County Loyalist Thomas Robinson escaped and went over to the British.

1949 The Everett Theater showed movies on Sunday night for the first time as Middletown became one of the last towns in Delaware to do so.

1968 Installed just weeks before the racial riots occurred after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, the Most Rev. Thomas J. Mardaga was named Catholic Bishop of Wilmington. By the following Christmas, he joined with Protestant leaders calling for the removal of National Guard troops from the streets of Wilmington.

1969 A Rehoboth newspaper advertised a three bedroom, two porch, year-round oceanfront townhouse, furnished and paneled throughout, for sale at $27,500.

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This Day in Delaware History: March 12

1844 The Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery was first established.

1918 A 102-acre farm near Lewes sold for $7,800--considered high.

1923 The General Assembly passed the 19th Amendment (woman suffrage) in Dover, more than two and one-half years after it became law nationally.

1952 Sergeant John P. Ferguson of the Delaware State Police set up radar for the first time at Tybout's Corner south of New Castle and nabbed nine speeders.

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This Day in Delaware History: March 11

1841 On his visit to America, Charles Dickens arrived in Wilmington by steamboat from Philadelphia and caught the train for Washington.

1864 The General Assembly began its investigation into why Federal troops were brought into the state during previous elections.

1904 The Queen Anne Railroad whose job was to get passengers from the Chesapeake Bay to Lewes went bankrupt.

1970 The Star of the Sea Hotel at the foot of Brooklyn Avenue in Rehoboth was torn down and later replaced by Star of the Sea Condominiums.
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This Day in Delaware History: March 8

1909 An explosion at the Du Pont Powder Works killed one worker and injured another.

1911 The General Assembly modified its laws to permit the formation of the Du Pont Boulevard Corporation leading to the construction of Route 113. It would be one of the world's first superhighways.

1915 A full suffrage for women bill, giving them the right to vote, failed in the Delaware House.

1940 The Ogden-Howard store at 5th and King Streets in Wilmington offered a self-powered portable Emerson radio for $12.77 or 50¢ a week.
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1888 The first electric trolley in Wilmington began at 10th and Market Streets and went all the way to Riverview Cemetery.

1915 Pierre S. du Pont bought out cousin T. Coleman's du Pont company interest and ousted his other cousin Alfred from control. Alfred resigned and brought suit against Pierre.

2003 Eight people were injured in a series of crashes on I-495 that backed up traffic from the Newark toll booth to the Pennsylvania state line.

2013 In business for several generations, Morris Market in Frederica advertised dressed muskrats and raccoons for sale. Also known as marsh rabbit, some customers declared they could eat muskrat three times a day and that it was better than chicken.
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This Day in Delaware History: March 5

1849 Businessmen gathered in Dover to plan the Delaware Railroad to run downstate.

1941 Test borings were completed at Lewes on the site of what became Fort Miles, US Army military installation. Five fire control towers were also projected.

1995 Camden-Wyoming fruit grower Fred Fifer, III, died after nearly drowning on an ice-covered pond near his home several days before.

2005 Cpl. Stephen McGowan of Wilmington was killed in combat in Ramadi, Iraq. He was serving as a combat medic when a bomb exploded.
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This Day in Delaware History: March 4

1730 William Kelsey was hanged for attempting to burn down the New Castle County Court House.

1918 Margaret Osborne, future celebrated tennis player and wife of William du Pont, Jr. of Wilmington, was born in Oregon.

1938 The Delmar Bi-State Weekly reported a 55 gallon still, 400 gallons of mash and 11 gallons of whiskey had been destroyed west of town near Columbia.

1992 The Governor Bacon Health Center in Delaware City was formally designated Fort du Pont State Park.
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This Day in Delaware History: March 2

1875 Former US Army Adjutant General Lorenzo Thomas from New Castle and a participant in President Andrew Johnson's impeachment trial, died in Washington, D. C. and was buried there in Oak Hill Cemetery.

1915 Representative Henry Clay Downward of Wilmington introduced a bill to abolish the whipping post, but it was defeated 30-4.

1984 The Delmarva Chicken Festival was canceled for the first time in 36 years due to fears of avian flu.

2007 The University of Delaware basketball team finished its season with a loss to Northeastern, 77-67. It was its sixth straight loss and it closed its worst season ever, 5-26.
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This Day in Delaware History: March 1

1880 The Wilmington Morning News was first published and championed the rights and education of African Americans.

1932 Watermen in Woodland Beach in Kent County stretched out their catch of muskrats, or marsh rabbits to be sold for their skins. Also, when cooked properly, muskrat meat made fine dark gravy poured on mashed potatoes and turnips.

1959 Biggs Airfield near New Castle, dating from 1922, was sold to developers who eventually built Penn Acres.

1961 Winterthur's Henry F. du Pont accepted Mrs. John F. Kennedy's invitation to head the 12 member Fine Arts Committee. Its purpose was to restore authentic furnishings and decorations to the White House.
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1849 The Legislature enacted the Vagrancy Codes restricting African-Americans' movements in the state and assured their labor was available when needed.

1935 Dr. Wallace Carothers at Du Pont's Experimental Station in Wilmington discovered "Polymer 6,6", nylon.

1949 Odessa trappers blamed the raccoon population explosion at Bombay Hook for the sharp decline in the muskrat harvest. Hides and carcasses brought in only $100,000, down from a high of $1 million in 1936.

1952 The Delaware Volunteer Firemen's Association went on record deploring "the fanatical objections voiced by certain groups" regarding the playing of bingo.
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1918 The 1st Delaware Infantry was designated the 59th Pioneer Infantry and eventually went overseas in the last days of World War I.

1973 The University of Delaware girls basketball defeated Catonsville (Md) Community College, 71-9.

1991 During Desert Storm in Iraq, more than 271,000 tons of equipment moved through Dover Air Force Base. Delaware's lone casualty was Army Corporal James R. McCoy of Wilmington who was killed less than 24 hours before the cease-fire. Only 29, he was survived by his wife and four children.

2001 A Millsboro woman, age 75, won the $100,000 Powerball lottery.
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1865 Lt. Samuel Boyer Davis, grandson of his namesake who defended Lewes during the British attack in 1813 and who was reprieved from a death sentence for being a Confederate spy, was imprisoned in Fort Delaware.

1917 A bill to give women the right to vote failed in the state senate.

1926 After Governor Robert Robinson called out the National Guard at Harry Butler's rape trial, he was hanged in the Georgetown prison yard before a crowd of 5,000 onlookers.

2013 The Middletown High School band was invited to participate in the coming New Year's Day parade in London by Angela Harvey, the Lord Mayor of Westminster.
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1865 An explosion of 10,000 lbs. of powder in Du Pont's Mills killed three workers.

1873 Chang and Eng, the 63 year old Bunker Siamese twins who married and fathered children, visited Wilmington for the last time. They died the next year.

1933 Delaware Gov. C. Douglass Buck declined to close state banks due to the deepening depression because they were in fairly good shape.

2013 Harold Walls' lost wallet of three years which included $800.00 was returned to him intact. A Milford trash collector, Walls had worked on a truck that the city sold to a man in Maine who found it therein and returned it without making himself known.
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1868 Delaware's Democratic Congressman John Anthony Nicholson of Dover voted "no" on the question of the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson.

1924 Miss Florence Bloome of Middletown fractured her wrist trying to crank and start her car.

1933 Joseph Engel announced the opening of his Black Cat night club at the Routes 40 and 13 split in New Castle and was hoping to get Guy Lombardo's orchestra for the first night.

1944 Workers at Wilmington's Dravo shipyard on the Christina River were paid some of the best wages around at 52? an hour. It could purchase more than a loaf of bread and maybe a quart of milk. Day-old bread could be bought at Freihofer's Bakery
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Feb 23, 1997:
Schindler’s List shown uncut on network television
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On This Date in Delaware, February 23 ...

1726 Thomas Noxon, late of Jamaica, bought land south of Middletown.

1835 Louis McLane, Jr., son and namesake of President Jackson's former US Secretary of State, was expelled from Delaware College (now known as the University of Delaware) for profanity and intemperance.

1849 John M. Clayton resigned as US Senator to become President Zachary Taylor's US Secretary of State.

1925 Civil War cavalryman General James H. Wilson died at 87 and was buried in Wilmington's Old Swedes Church Yard. Having captured the escaping Confederate President Jefferson Davis, he was one of the last surviving Union generals.
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This Day in Delaware History: February 22

1800 The Society of Cincinnati held a memorial parade in Wilmington for George Washington, recently deceased.

1862 Episcopal Bishop John Johns, son of Delaware Chancellor Kensey Johns and grandson of Governor Nicholas Van Dyke (1783-86), administered the oath of office to Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America.

1909 At 3 a.m. a train derailed after smashing into two other engines on the outskirts of Delmar killing seven people and destroying the locomotive, express car, mail and baggage car, three day coaches and six Pullman sleepers.

1918 William Lloyd Nelson, later posthumous Medal of Honor recipient in North Africa April 24, 1943, was born in Dover.
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2014 8:48:31 PM

This Day in Delaware History: February 21

1683 William Penn presided in court at New Castle and naturalized Swedish and Dutch settlers of which there were 116.

1868 President Andrew Johnson futilely appointed New Castle's General Lorenzo Thomas as interim Secretary of War, a move that led to the President's impeachment.

1936 A section of Lewes's Queen Anne pier, 1,202 feet long, was destroyed by ice and snow.

2011 Russell W. Peterson, Governor, 1969-1973, died at age 94.
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This Day in Delaware History: February 20

1871 Fidelia Johns Stockton, wife of Governor Thomas Stockton (1845-46), died at New Castle in her 87th year.

1888 The legislature passed a resolution to erect an equestrian statue of Caesar Rodney in Dover's Christ Church cemetery.

1890 The Delaware Hospital opened in Wilmington on 14th and Washington Streets.

1978 President Jimmy Carter came to Padua Academy in Wilmington to boost Senator Joe Biden's candidacy for reelection
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This Day in Delaware History: February 19

1717 At least five feet of snow purportedly covered Delaware.

1789 Nicholas Van Dyke, governor (1783-86), 49, died at his home Berwick near Port Penn, the site of which disappeared forever with the construction of the eastern end of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal 36 years later.

1985 Responsible for establishing the Catholic Development Fund to help support Wilmington's parish schools, the Most Rev. Robert E. Mulvee was named Bishop of the Wilmington Catholic Diocese.

1994 The last meal was served at the local favorite restaurant in Glasgow, John Sclavos's Glasgow Arms.
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This Day in Delaware History: February 18

1837 With the state's soil practically worn out from over use, the General Assembly commissioned Professor James C. Booth of Philadelphia's Franklin Institute to conduct Delaware's first state-wide geologic survey.

1917 A Delaware delegation of 15 suffragettes picketed the White House to give women the right to vote.

1944 Richard McMullen, former governor (1937-41) who had to decline reelection because of a heart attack in 1940, died at age 76.

2002 Harold "Tubby" Raymond, age 75, with a record of 300-119-3 over 36 seasons, resigned as the University of Delaware football coach.
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On This Date in Delaware, February 17 ...
1801 Delaware's Representative James A. Bayard, Sr. played an important role in assuring Thomas Jefferson's victory as President over Aaron Burr.

1864 Gen. Albin F. Schoepf, Commanding Officer at Fort Delaware, prepared all Confederate prisoners for exchange. In his report he indicated there were 82 civilian or political prisoners, 1,260 officers, 778 non-commissioned officers and 5,642 privates at the fort.

1942 Major Hugh Sharp and Lt. Ed Edwards were honored in President Roosevelt's office for a daring Civil Air Patrol (CAP) sea rescue off Rehoboth.

2013 Ed Troice, a builder from Lewes, paid $170,000 for license plate #67 in an auction at the Rehoboth Convention Center.
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This Day in Delaware History: February 16

1804 Reuben James, a Delawarean, saved the life of Lt. Stephen Decatur as he led a party into Tripoli harbor, present day Libya, and boarded the captured 38 gun frigate US Philadelphia depriving pirates of the American prize.

1916 The Clayton House, 5th and Market Streets, a longtime Wilmington hotel since 1873, reopened as the 2,000 seat Queen Movie theater.

1918 The Town of Milton offered a man 50¢ to shoot stray dogs in town, but warned if he shot any prize hunting dogs, he better not stay around town long.

1979 Eight people died in a row house fire in Wilmington
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