1864 Captain Henry A. du Pont was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions on this day at the Battle of Cedar Creek near Strasburg, Virginia.
1876 "Delaware and Maryland Day" was celebrated at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park with a total attendance of 176,407.
1946 In a football game with Gettysburg College, University of Delaware running back Gerald P. "Doc" Doherty, III, of Wilmington scored 220 yards on six carries, a record that stood almost 50 years.
1972 Delaware Attorney General Laird Stabler closed the Delmar Drive-In Theater when the owner insisted on showing "Deep Throat," an X rated film that violated the state's obscenity laws.
Today's facts were compiled by historian Roger Martin and brought to you by the Delaware Public Archives.