1834 In the first of its kind, a theater opened in Wilmington at 6th and Shipley Streets with the play 'The Soldier's Daughter' filling all 600 seats.

1843 Edgar Allan Poe spoke for two hours on "Poetry in America" in Newark's Academy Building.


1882 The first electric arc street lights were installed in Wilmington.

1918 Raymond Acker of Delaware City was one of the soldiers to accompany President Woodrow Wilson's peace mission to Paris.

Today's facts were compiled by historian Roger Martin and brought to you by the Delaware Public Archives.