Since 1933, the governors of Delaware have proclaimed December 7th as Delaware Day in honor of that day in 1787 when Delaware became the first state to ratify the Federal Constitution, thus making Delaware the first state in the New Nation.
So, what’s great about the state? Here are 7 Fun Facts:
- Delaware was the first state to ratify the Constitution on December 7, 1787, making it “The First State.”
- Delaware is the second-smallest state in the country. It stretches less than 100 miles long, and is a mere 35 miles at its widest point!
- The state insect is a ladybug.
- Most famous Delawarean? Vice President Joe Biden. Others include singer George Thorogood, actress Valerie Bertinelli, industrialist Henry Francis Du Pont, baseball player Dallas Green, boxer “Sugar Ray” Leonard, artist Howard Pyle, and more.
- Set at the fictional Welton Academy, the film Dead Poet’s Society (1989) starring Robin Williams was shot at St. Andrews School in Middletown, Delaware.
- The Bethany Beach firefly, can only be found in Delaware.
- The nickname “the Diamond State” was coined by Thomas Jefferson who said Delaware was a “jewel” among the rest of the country.
About Back to Basics Learning Dynamics, Inc. in Wilmington, Delaware
Back to Basics provides over 125 wide-ranging educational and related services including 1-on-1 tutoring in over 60 subjects, translating and interpreting in over 20 languages, speech and occupational therapists, behavior and reading specialists, paraprofessionals, ELL and computer lab teachers, RTI support and homebound services, psycho-educational testing, 1-on-1 test prep for the SAT, PSAT, SAT II, ACT, GRE, PRAXIS, GED, and HSEE, professional development, summer school, original credit and credit recovery. In addition, we operate Delaware’s only Department of Education-approved, 1-on-1 K-12 Private School in Wilmington, Delaware.