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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2007 3:58:29 PM

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 Date in Delaware, October 05 ...

1969 The number of employees at Chrysler's Newark plant had grown to 5,100.

1992 In a failing effort at reelection, President George H. W. Bush campaigned in Delaware on The Green in Dover.

2006 The Big Oak, a 300 year old Red Oak tree on Banks Road near Long Neck in Sussex County, was ordered cut down by the Highway Department. Rotting from the inside and with a circumference of 30 feet, and a limb span of 124 feet, the tree had become a highway menace.

2007 State police apprehended three adults from Laurel and Delmar and uncovered 11 lbs. of marijuana and $3,000 in cash.
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This Day in Delaware History: October 4

1777 In the Battle of Germantown which American troops almost won, the Delaware Regiment's Colonel David Hall of Lewes was severely wounded.

1814 For the first time, and lasting only a decade, Delaware was entitled to two Congressmen: Thomas Clayton and Thomas Cooper.

1954 Hotel Sussex in Seaford, built in 1895 by William Ross, was completely destroyed by fire.

2007 It was announced that Delaware and Maryland experienced the second driest summer since 1895 with only the year 1964 being worse. In the state Sussex County was the worst with over 10 inches below normal rainfall.

2014 Annual Seaford Kiwanis Club Auction. THis auction has raised funds for the community for over 60 years.
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This Day in Delaware History: October 3

1895 America's Liberty Bell was exhibited in Wilmington enroute to the Cotton States Exposition in Atlanta.

1918 The State Board of Health closed all public functions, schools, and gatherings until further notice because of the virulent Spanish flu pandemic.

1946 TV and movie actor Robert Cummings came to Delmar to help Mrs. Robert Vincent celebrate her birthday. She had won the contest among 42,000 national contestants.

1947 The University of Delaware's football team's 32 game winning streak came to an end with a defeat at the hands of the University of Maryland 43-19.

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This Day in Delaware History: October 2

1780 At Dobb's Ferry, New York, Colonel Henry Neill of Lewes, and Delaware troops witnessed the execution of Benedict Arnold's co-conspirator Major John Andre.

1861 Colonel Henry Lockwood brought his 2nd Delaware Infantry up the Nanticoke River and arrested future Delaware Congressman Edward L. Martin (1879-83) in Seaford on suspicions of being a traitor.

1965 Philadelphia Phillies Chris Short pitcher from Sussex County, pitched 15 scoreless innings and struck out 18 New York Mets baseball players in Shea Stadium.

2005 Thirty-four year old Alvin Hastings of Seaford completed a six month, 2,175 mile hike of the Appalachian Trail on Mt. Katahdin in Maine.

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This Day in Delaware History: October 1

1664 Two ships under British Sir Robert Carr took possession of New Amstel killing three Dutch and wounding 10 others, and changed its name to New Castle. They also destroyed Plockhoy's Mennonite colony at Cape Henlopen.

1966 Richard Nixon addressed a $100 a plate dinner at the Nur Temple in Wilmington Manor.

1973 Delaware Technical and Community College opened a campus in Stanton.

1985 A World War II observation tower in Cape Henlopen Park near Lewes opened to the public. Being 75 feet high, its 112 steps inside to the top offered a stupendous view on a clear summer's day across the bay to Cape May, New Jersey.
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This Day in Delaware History: September 30

1887 Three thieves attempted to rob the Farmers Bank at 4 The Strand in New Castle, but were foiled in their efforts and escaped but not before bank cashier Richard Cooper shot one in the face.

1937 With its work done on mosquito control, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp closed on Savannah Road in Lewes, but later reopened as a POW camp during World War II.

1944 Lieutenant Joseph Myers of Frederica died instantly in Holland when he threw himself upon a grenade to save the lives of his men. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.

2009 As unemployment edged toward 10% nationally, those figures climbed to 8.3% in the state as the economy turned more sour.
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This Day in Delaware History: September 28

1846 Delaware College students (now the University of Delaware) were warned not to patronize Mr. Hill's shop in Newark because it sold intoxicating liquors.

1978 About 700 people paid $10 each to see former California Governor Ronald Reagan at the Grand Opera House and 45 more spent $500 to have lunch with him at the Hotel Du Pont. Reagan came to Delaware on behalf of incumbent Congressman Thomas B. Evans. Two years later Reagan was a candidate himself for President.

1985 The Grand Eagle, a 761 foot Liberian tanker loaded with 22 million gallons of oil from the North Sea off Scotland ran aground near Claymont. From a hole torn in the hull, 435,000 gallons escaped into the Delaware River forcing a massive cleanup.

2001 A Laurel Du Pont retiree woman claimed the state's All Cash Lotto jackpot of $358,000. She bought her winning ticket while taking her dog out for a ride in her car.
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This Day in Delaware History: September 27

1836 Running against President Van Buren, presidential candidate General William Henry Harrison, came to Wilmington to extol the virtues of Delaware's Revolutionary War hero Robert Kirkwood as he headed north on a campaign trip.

1864 Sgt. George Hodgson, Company D, 1st Delaware Regiment, died of scurvy in Andersonville Prison in Georgia.

1872 Forest Church of Middletown held its picnic in Colonel Joshua Clayton's woods north of town, half a mile west of Armstrong Corner.

1940 The Du Pont Company opened Nemours, its newest building in Wilmington.

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This Day in Delaware History: September 25 1676 British Governor Edmund Andros established a penal code for his Delaware colony claiming 11 crimes as capital among which were treason, murder, blasphemy, kidnapping, perjury or depriving another of his life, and unprovoked attack on a parent by a child over 16. <http://archives.delaware.gov/usr/img/tdidh/20140925.jpg> 1772 Old Christ Church was completed at Chipman's Pond near Laurel at the cost of £510 in what was then the Colony of Maryland. 1917 Vice-President Thomas R. Marshall returned to the US Senate after a two month illness of his wife. Senator Willard Saulsbury, Jr., meantime as Pro Tem, served as President of the US Senate. 2006 Seven Pennsylvania fishermen were rescued from their life raft and brought into Indian River Coast Guard station after being adrift 48 hours. Their sport fishing boat, the Chief, struck an unidentified object and sank immediately.
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This Day in Delaware History: September 24

1921 The Delaware College (now the University of Delaware) football team suffered its worst defeat ever by losing to the University of Pennsylvania 89-0 again. The score was identical to the game played by the same schools two years before.

1936 The Rural Electrification Administration (REA) began Delaware Electric Cooperative in Greenwood to aid the nine out of 10 downstate farmers who didn't enjoy the benefit of electricity in rural areas.

1953 The old Odessa Presbyterian Church on Main Street whose congregation of only 10 members had been dissolved the previous April, was put up for sale.

2006 McQuay's Market which stood 80 years at 510 Rehoboth Ave. near the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal, was demolished.
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This Day in Delaware History: September 22

1676 James, the Duke of York's laws and courts were established in all three counties of the Delaware Colony while the British Governor Edmund Andros established Justices of the Peace who decided on matters under £20.

1862 President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation to become effective January 1, 1863 freeing all slaves in rebellious states. Delaware was unaffected because of its status as a border state.

1928 New homes were being shown in the Highland Park development in Dover.

1952 Agricultural Hall opened on the University of Delaware farm site south of Newark.
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This Day in Delaware History: September 21

1798 George Read, former acting governor (1777-1778), and Delaware Signer of the Declaration of Independence and US Constitution, died at his home in New Castle at age 65.

1933 Richard C. du Pont of Wilmington soared in a glider from Waynesboro, VA to Frederick, MD, a distance of 122 miles.

1938 The devastating Long Island/New England hurricane passed 100 miles east of Cape May and spared Delaware serious damage.

2013 The Town of Laurel dedicated the River Park in honor of Roger C. Fisher, Sussex County's first African American municipal mayor.

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This Day in Delaware History: September 13

1814 After the British burned Washington and were headed for Baltimore, the city of Wilmington prepared for the worst.

1924 After appeals to the Catholic Church by Wilmington's Italians leaders, Father John Francis Tucker, an Irish priest who spoke fluent Italian, was appointed by Bishop John J. Monaghan to attend to their needs.

1944 When a hurricane passed 50 miles east of Delaware, Bowers Beach, Woodland Beach, Big Stone Beach, Kitts Hummock, and Slaughter Beach were evacuated. The US destroyer Warrington off the coast unsuccessfully tried to stay afloat, but only 65 of 300 crewmen survived. One of the crewmen, Robert G. Kern, 1st Class, USN from Milford, was not among the survivors.

1996 Bobby Labonte set a qualifying record at Dover Downs International Speedway with 155.086 mph in 23.213 seconds.
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SEPTEMBER 10

The statistical peak of the Atlantic hurricane season has arrived and for the first time since 1992 there isn’t a named storm in the basin.

While forecasters are watching a pair of potential systems, neither is likely to grow into a tropical storm by the end of today. So far, four storms have gotten names in the Atlantic this year.

In records going back to 1851, Sept. 10 is the day when the odds are greatest there will be at least one tropical storm or hurricane somewhere in the Atlantic.
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This Day in Delaware History: September 8

1944 2nd Lt. Gilbert B. Willis of Dover was killed while piloting his plane on a raid over Germany.

1954 It was announced that several African American students would integrate Dover schools and they did so without fanfare.

1991 Maynard H. Mires, Sr., 97, the last surviving member of the John Philip Sousa band, died in Lewes.

2005 Gasoline prices reached $3.23 at the pump in Delaware.
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This Day in Delaware History: August 31

1834 Several students at Delaware College in Newark, some of whom were sons of trustees, were suspended for disrupting classes.

1880 Civil War cavalry General A. T. A. Torbert of Milford died off the Florida coast in a ship wreck.

1923 Seldon Deemer sold his steel casting company in New Castle and opened a 100 acre resort south of town on the Delaware River which connected to the trolley line from Wilmington.

1926 The Rev. Dr. Charles L. Candee, former pastor of Wilmington's Westminster Church, bought the first house in Westover Hills. The 200 acre plot had been developed by William du Pont's Delaware Land Development Company.
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On August 9, 2012

An area of low pressure moved along a cold front on August 9, bringing thunderstorms to the Indianapolis Indiana area. Some of the storms were severe with damaging winds and large hail. The combination of the strong winds and hail caused damage to buildings across portions of Carroll County, near Radnor . Hail around 2 inches in diameter, approximately the size of a billiard ball, fell near Flora in Carroll County. In addition to the hail and damaging winds, heavy rain fell. Some areas received around 2 inches.
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Lucille Desiree Ball was born today August 6, 1911 in Jamestown, New York.
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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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This Day In Delaware History

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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This Day In Delaware History

On This Date in Delaware, June 13 ...

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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On This Date in Delaware, June 12 ...

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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On This Date in Delaware, June 10 ...

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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n This Date in Delaware, June 09 ...

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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On This Date in Delaware, June 08 ...

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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