Currently, the Du Pont Company is the world's third largest chemical company.
AUMP is the first denomination in the nation controlled entirely by African-Americans.
The Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery, and its failure in Delaware was representative of the divide slavery created in Delaware. Delaware is the only slave state from which no Confederate regiments or militia groups were assembled
Removing property qualifications was essential to expanding universal suffrage
The regiment's federal duty was to defend vital utility and communications points against possible German sabotage. The regiment won high praise at camp Dix for its excellent training, and Company E was commended for its part in field testing the new model Army gas mask.
Nylon is the first industrially-produced synthetic fabric, and it is toughest, strongest and most elastic substances we have today.
Riots broke out after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. These race riots prompted the 10-month occupation of city by National Guard, the longest occupation in the country. This is representative of the tumultuous state of race relations in the urban North and white flight.
The Delaware Coastal Zone Act prohibits construction of industrial plants on coastal areas. It was one of the first acts of environmental legislation and paved the way for many others.
Delaware passes the Civil Unions Bill, which recognizes marriages between same-sex Delaware couples as legal relationships. Civil unions established in other states have the same rights, benefits, protections, and responsibilities as married persons under Delaware law. This was a watershed for the gay rights movement in Delaware.
Tamanend, leader of the Delaware Nation, signed an agreement with William Penn in 1683 to have European settlers and Native Americans live alongside in peace. See insert, Lenape brochure
Thomas Garrett was responsible for assisting nearly 2,700 escaping slaves by means of the Underground Railroad. Found guilty of violating the Fugitive Slave Law in 1848, he was fined heavily and lost all of his property.
Henry Seidel Canby was a prominent Delawarean author who wrote many books that were character studies of middle class life in Wilmington in 1919. He was responsible for advocating for worker's rights and the rights of the lower class.
Louis Lorenzo Redding, the first African American to be admitted to the Delaware Bar, is part of NAACP legal team that challenged school segregation in the Brown v. Board of Education case in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Henry Heimlich, a physician from Delaware, invents the Heimlich Maneuver to prevent deaths from choking in 1974. Since its invention, the Heimlich Maneuver has saved over 50,000 people.
Stephanie Kwolek invents Kevlar in Du Pont, in 1964. Kevlar was the first of a family of synthetic fibers with exceptional strength and stiffness. It is commonly used today fragmentation-resistant (bullet proof) vests as well as in boats, airplanes, ropes, cables, tires, tennis racquets, skis —in total about 200 applications.