1800 A memorial "funeral procession" for George Washington who died December 14 was held in New Castle.

1943 The Delaware basketball team played its first game in the Carpenter Field House and lost to Rutgers, 39-38.

2011 The Delmarva chicken industry, with 15,000 company employees and 1,700 farm families, produced nearly 600 million chickens. Their efforts earned $613 million.

2014 An exceptionally cold Canadian front broke records all across the northeast. While Georgetown experienced a record breaking 8°F, Middletown witnessed 3°F with a wind chill factor of -15°.

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