1800 Speaking before the legislature, Governor Richard Bassett condemned the practice of dueling as unchristian.

1888 Elijah B. Register, born in Camden and one of the last survivors of the British bombardment of Lewes in 1813, died.

1939 The 395-ton freighter SS Waukegan rammed and destroyed the 13-year-old St. Georges Bridge on the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal.

1968 Two Delawareans died on the same day in Vietnam: Army Cpl. Paul Fones of Bear in Quang Tin Province and Army 1st Lt. Harry McFalls of Lewes in Dinh Tuong.

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