1655 Isaac Israel and Benjamin Cardozo, reputedly Delaware's first Jewish settlers, arrived in New Castle.

1838 There was continuous railroad travel from Philadelphia to Baltimore except over the Susquehanna River where a bridge wouldn't be constructed for almost another 30 years.

1842 An academy opened in Georgetown at E. Market Street and North Railroad Ave.

1952 The home of Philadelphia corporate lawyer and Milford resident Ruby Vale burned down.

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