New Jersey in History

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 113

  • 1664-03-12 New Jersey becomes an English colony
  • 1664-06-24 The colony of New Jersey is founded
  • 1673-03-18 Lord Berkley sells his half of New Jersey to the Quakers
  • 1739-07-30 Caspar Wistar begins glass manufacturing in Allowaystown, New Jersey
  • 1758-08-29 New Jersey Legislature forms 1st Indian reservation
  • 1766-11-10 The last Colonial governor of New Jersey, William Franklin, signs the charter of Queen's College (later renamed Rutgers University).
  • 1772-09-26 New Jersey passes bill requiring a license to practise medicine
  • 1776-07-02 New Jersey gives the right to vote to all adults who could show a net worth of 50 pounds

BattleBattle of Interest

1776-10-28 Battle of White Plains: George Washington retreats to New Jersey

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
  • 1777-01-03 General George Washington's revolutionary army defeats British forces at Battle of Princeton, New Jersey
  • 1778-06-28 Battle of Monmouth, New Jersey (General Washington beats Clinton)
  • 1780-01-04 Snowstorm hits George Washington's army at Morristown, New Jersey
  • 1780-06-23 American Revolution: Battle of Springfield fought in and around Springfield, New Jersey (including Short Hills, formerly of Springfield, now of Millburn Township

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1781-01-01 1,500 soldiers of the 6th Pennsylvania Regiment under General Anthony Wayne's command rebel against the Continental Army's winter camp in Morristown, New Jersey as part of the Pennsylvania (Continentals; Regiment) Mutiny of 1781.

Military Leader Anthony Wayne
Military Leader
Anthony Wayne
  • 1789-11-20 New Jersey is 1st state to ratify Bill of Rights

  • 1804-02-15 New Jersey becomes last northern state to abolish slavery
  • 1806-01-30 The original Lower Trenton Toll Bridge, which spans the Delaware River between Morrisville, Pennsylvania and Trenton, New Jersey, is opened. A later bridge opened in 1935 is also known as the Trenton Makes - the World Takes Bridge.
  • 1815-02-06 New Jersey issues 1st US railroad charter (John Stevens)
  • 1820-06-28 Tomato is proven to be non-poisonous by Colonel Robert Gibbon eating a tomato on steps of courthouse in Salem, New Jersey
  • 1831-09-15 The locomotive "John Bull" operates for the first time in New Jersey on the Camden and Amboy Railroad
  • 1833-11-08 Train derails at Hightstown New Jersey; 2 die

CommunicationHistoric Communication

1838-01-11 First public demonstration of telegraph message sent using dots & dashes at Speedwell Ironworks, Morristown, New Jersey by Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail

Inventor Samuel Morse
Inventor
Samuel Morse
  • 1846-06-19 First offically recognised baseball game (played by Cartwright Rules) - NY Nines 23 defeat Knickerbockers 1 at Hoboken, New Jersey
  • 1854-11-13 "New Era" sinks off New Jersey coast with loss of 300
  • 1870-03-31 Thomas Mundy Peterson of Perth Amboy, New Jersey is the first African American to vote in the US (in a local election on town's charter)
  • 1871-01-19 1st Negro lodge of US Masons approved, New Jersey
  • 1882-03-11 Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association organized in Princeton, New Jersey
  • 1882-08-05 Standard Oil of New Jersey is established

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1883-01-19 The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, begins service at Roselle, New Jersey

Inventor Thomas Edison
Inventor
Thomas Edison
  • 1883-02-14 1st state labor union legislation; New Jersey legalizes unions
  • 1893-02-01 Thomas Edison completes worlds 1st movie studio at West Orange, New Jersey
  • 1898-06-18 1st amusement pier opens in Atlantic City, New Jersey
  • 1903-09-03 American yacht Reliance (largest gaff-rigged cutter ever built) defends America's Cup for the NYYC beating UK challenger Shamrock III off the New Jersey shore for a 3-0 series win
  • 1903-12-13 Italo Marcioni patents ice cream cone mound (New Jersey)
  • 1904-01-05 -34°F (-36.7°C), River Vale, New Jersey (state record)
  • 1904-06-06 National Tuberculosis Association organized, Atlantic City, New Jersey
  • 1909-06-09 Alice Huyler Ramsey, 22-year-old housewife from Hackensack, New Jersey, becomes the 1st woman to drive across the US, in a Maxwell 30, drives 3,800 miles from Manhattan to San Francisco in 59 days
  • 1909-06-24 15th US Golf Open: George Sargent shoots a 290 at Englewood Golf Course, New Jersey
  • 1911-06-01 1st US group insurance policy written in Passaic, New Jersey
  • 1916-07-12 Joseph Dunn (14) is attacked by a shark, suffering non-fatal wounds in New Jersey, the final episode in a spate of shark attacks along the Jersey coast where 4 people died over 12 days

  • 1916-07-30 German saboteurs blow up a munitions plant on Black Tom Island, New Jersey
  • 1921-09-07 In Atlantic City, New Jersey, the first Miss America Pageant, a two-day event, is held.
  • 1926-07-10 Lake Denmark, New Jersey arsenal explodes, kills 21, $75m damage
  • 1927-11-13 New York - New Jersey Holland Tunnel, 1st twin-tube underwater auto tunnel, opens
  • 1930-01-31 1st US glider flight from a dirigible, Lakehurst, New Jersey
  • 1930-04-10 Thiokol synthetic rubber 1st produced in Yardley, New Jersey
  • 1931-05-10 Golf ball size hail falls in Burlington, New Jersey
  • 1931-10-24 George Washington Bridge linking New York City and New Jersey dedicated, opens the next day

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1932-03-01 The "Lindbergh kidnapping", 20 month old son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh kidnapped from home in East Amwell, New Jersey, found dead 12 May

Aviation Pioneer and Author Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Aviation Pioneer and Author
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1932-05-12 Body of kidnapped son of Charles Lindbergh is found in Hopewell, New Jersey

  • 1933-06-06 1st drive-in theater opens (Camden New Jersey)
  • 1935-06-11 Inventor Edwin Armstrong gives the first public demonstration of FM broadcasting in the United States, at Alpine, New Jersey.
  • 1935-10-23 Dutch Schultz, Abe Landau, Otto Berman, and Bernard "Lulu" Rosencrantz are fatally shot at a saloon in Newark, New Jersey in what will become known as The Chophouse Massacre.
  • 1936-06-06 Aviation gasoline 1st produced commercially Paulsboro, New Jersey
  • 1936-07-10 110°F (43°C) at Runyon, New Jersey (state record)
  • 1936-09-03 For the first and only time in the history of the Walker Cup golf event, there is a shutout; the United States routs Great Britain, 9-0 at Pine Valley GC in New Jersey

Film release premierFilm Premier

1940-10-30 Film premiere of "One Night in the Tropics" first film for Abbott and Costello Paterson New Jersey.

Comedian and Actor Lou Costello
Comedian and Actor
Lou Costello
  • 1942-01-02 The United States Navy opens a blimp base at Lakehurst, New Jersey
  • 1942-07-18 1st legal New Jersey horse race in 50 years; Garden State Park track opens
  • 1946-01-10 US Army establishes 1st radar contact with Moon, Belmar, New Jersey

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1946-07-25 At Club 500 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis stage their first show as a comedy team

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
  • 1947-11-20 1st permanent TV installed on seagoing vessel (New Jersey)
  • 1949-09-06 Howard Unruh kills 13 neighbors in 12 minutes in Camden, New Jersey
  • 1950-03-30 Phototransistor invention announced, Murray Hill, New Jersey
  • 1955-04-19 The German automaker Volkswagen, after six years of selling cars in the United States, founds Volkswagen of America in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey to standardize its dealer and service network
  • 1956-04-26 First modern container ship, the Ideal X, leaves Port Newark, New Jersey for Houston, Texas
  • 1957-09-03 Brooklyn Dodgers play their final game in Jersey City, a 3-2 loss v Philadelphia Phillies; 11-4 record in New Jersey
  • 1960-07-08 Fidel Castro ends Havana's International League team, Sugar Kings move to New Jersey

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1963-03-07 John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman recorded their self-titled album "John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman" at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

Jazz Musician John Coltrane
Jazz Musician
John Coltrane
  • 1964-08-01 Dan 'Big Daddy' Garlits becomes first drag racer to run the 1/4 mile at over 200mph (201.34mph at Island Dragway, New Jersey)
  • 1964-08-02 Race riot in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1964-12-09 John Coltrane's Quartet records their greatest work "A Love Supreme" at Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
  • 1967-07-12 Race riot in Newark, New Jersey, 26 killed, 1,500 injured & over 1,000 arrested
  • 1971-11-24 Prison rebellion at Rahway State Prison, New Jersey
  • 1972-06-01 Iraq nationalizes Iraq Petroleum Company's (IPC) concession owned by British Petroleum, Royal Dutch-Shell, Compagnie Francaise des Petroles, Mobil and Standard Oil of New Jersey
  • 1973-10-24 Heavy fog causes 65 car collision killing 9 on New Jersey Turnpike
  • 1976-09-01 New Jersey's Meadowlands racetrack opens
  • 1976-09-01 The Meadowlands Race track opens in East Rutherford, New Jersey
  • 1977-06-02 New Jersey allows casino gambling in Atlantic City
  • 1981-10-04 Meadowlands Arena opens in New Jersey
  • 1982-01-31 32nd NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 120-118 at East Rutherford, New Jersey
  • 1984-01-26 US navy exhibits Piasecki helistat-4 helicopters & a blimp able to lift 26 tons-Lakehurst, New Jersey
  • 1985-04-07 New Jersey General Hershel Walker runs for USFL record 233 yards
  • 1987-01-05 Surrogate Baby M case begins in Hackensack, New Jersey

Music releaseAlbum Release

1988-09-19 Bon Jovi release their 4th album "New Jersey" - most top ten hits of any rock/glam metal album (5)

Rock guitarist Richie Sambora
Rock guitarist
Richie Sambora

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1988-09-21 Mike Tyson smashes TV camera outside his Bernardsville, New Jersey home

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 1989-01-23 NBA New Jersey Nets begin a 32+ game road losing streak
  • 1990-07-07 New Jersey Devils sign star Russian defensemen Viacheslav Fetisov & Sergei Starikov to NHL contracts despite criticism they are taking North American jobs
  • 1992-04-21 Mobil Oil tug with 12,000 gallons of oil run aground in Arthur Kill (a tidal strait separating Staten Island, New York City from mainland New Jersey, USA)
  • 1992-05-22 California Angels, are involved in a bus crash, in New Jersey
  • 1993-11-02 Christie Todd Whitman (R) elected 1st woman governor of New Jersey
  • 1994-04-27 7th longest NHL game at 125 min 43 sec: Buffalo Sabres beat New Jersey Devils 1-0 on a goal by Dave Hannan
  • 1998-05-26 The United States Supreme Court rules that Ellis Island, the historic gateway for millions of immigrants, is mainly in the state of New Jersey, not New York
  • 2000-06-10 Stanley Cup: New Jersey Devils defeat Dallas Stars 4-2
  • 2001-06-09 Stanley Cup: Colorado Avalanche defeat New Jersey Devils 4-3
  • 2001-09-18 First mailing of anthrax letters from Trenton, New Jersey in the 2001 anthrax attacks.
  • 2001-10-09 Second mailing of anthrax letters from Trenton, New Jersey in the 2001 anthrax attack
  • 2002-05-31 The New Jersey Nets defeat the Boston Celtics 96-88 in Game 6 of the NBA's Eastern Conference Championship, winning the series 4 games to 2 to advance to their first NBA Finals appearance.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2002-06-12 Los Angeles Lakers beat New Jersey Nets 4-0 in NBA finals MVP: Shaquille O'Neal, L.A.

Basketball Player Shaquille O'Neal
Basketball Player
Shaquille O'Neal

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 581

  • 1661-11-28 Edward Hyde, 3rd Earl of Clarendon, British Governor of New York and New Jersey (d. 1723)
  • 1720-10-19 John Woolman, American Quaker preacher and abolitionist, born in Province of New Jersey (d. 1772)

Person of interestJohn Witherspoon

1723-02-05 John Witherspoon, Scottish-American president of the College of New Jersey who signed the Declaration of Independence, born in Gifford, Scotland (d. 1794)

Presbyterian Minister John Witherspoon
Presbyterian Minister
John Witherspoon
  • 1723-11-30 William Livingston, revolutionary Governor of New Jersey (d. 1790)
  • 1726-02-15 Abraham Clark, Elizabethtown, New Jersey, American politician, signed Declaration of Independence
  • 1735-07-01 James Lyon, American composer, born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1794)
  • 1736-07-06 Daniel Morgan, American soldier and politician (Battle of Cowpens, Whiskey Rebellion), born in Hunterdon County, New Jersey (d. 1802)
  • 1753-05-24 Oliver Cromwell, decorated African American soldier who served with Washington in US War of Independence, born in Burlington, New Jersey

Person of interestAaron Burr

1756-02-06 Aaron Burr, 3rd US Vice President (D-R: 1801-05) who killed Alexander Hamilton in a pistol duel, born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1836)

3rd Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr
3rd Vice President of the United States
Aaron Burr
  • 1774-05-07 William Bainbridge, American naval officer, born in Princeton, New Jersey (d. 1833)
  • 1775-07-25 Anna Symmes Harrison, 9th 1st lady (1841), born in Morristown, New Jersey (d. 1864)
  • 1779-01-05 Zebulon Pike, brigadier general and explorer (Pike's Peak), born in Lamington, New Jersey (d. 1813)
  • 1781-10-01 James Lawrence, American naval hero (War of 1812-"Don't give up the ship!"), born in Burlington, New Jersey (d. 1813)
  • 1785-03-11 John McLean, American Supreme Court Justice (1829-61) and Postmaster General, born in Morris County, New Jersey (d. 1861)

Person of interestJames Fenimore Cooper

1789-09-15 James Fenimore Cooper, 1st major American novelist (Last of Mohicans), born in Burlington, New Jersey

  • 1798-08-28 Gershom Jaques Van Brunt, U.S. Army (Union Navy), born in Monmouth County, New Jersey (d. 1863)
  • 1806-09-11 Joshua Blackwood Howell, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Woodbury, New Jersey (d. 1864)
  • 1807-09-25 Alfred Vail, American inventor and early telegraph pioneer, born in Morristown, New Jersey (d. 1859)
  • 1809-11-23 Horatio Phillips Van Cleve, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Princeton, New Jersey (d. 1891)
  • 1812-04-28 Daniel Henry Rucker, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Belleville, New Jersey (d. 1910)
  • 1814-08-23 James Roosevelt Bayley, first Bishop of Newark, New Jersey, and the eighth Archbishop of Baltimore, born in NYC, New York (d. 1877)
  • 1817-01-15 Lewis Golding Arnold, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey (d. 1871)
  • 1821-01-29 Isaac Ferdinand Quinby, American General (Union Army), born in Morristown, New Jersey (d. 1891)
  • 1821-05-08 William Henry Vanderbilt, American businessman, member of the Vanderbilt family, born in New Brunswick, New Jersey (d. 1885)

Person of interestBill the Butcher

1821-07-24 William Poole, American gang member (New York City's Bowery Boys), born in Sussex County, New Jersey (d. 1855)

Gang Leader Bill the Butcher
Gang Leader
Bill the Butcher
  • 1822-04-07 Gershom Mott, American Major General (Union Army), born in Lamberton, New Jersey (d. 1884)
  • 1827-07-24 Julius A. De Lagnel, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1912)
  • 1830-05-05 John Batterson Stetson, American hat manufacturer, born in Orange, New Jersey (d. 1906)
  • 1832-08-02 Henry Steel Olcott, American military officer and co-founder (Theosophical Society), born in Orange, New Jersey (d. 1907)
  • 1836-01-14 [Hugh] Judson Kilpatrick, American Major General (Union Army), born in Wantage Township, New Jersey (d. 1881)

Person of interestGrover Cleveland

1837-03-18 Grover Cleveland, 22nd and 24th US President (1885-89, 1893-97), born in Caldwell, New Jersey (d. 1908)

US President Grover Cleveland
US President
Grover Cleveland
  • 1837-12-02 Charles Garrison Harker, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Swedesboro, New Jersey (d. 1864)
  • 1840-10-30 William G Sumner, US sociologist, political analyst, born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 1910)
  • 1841-11-13 Edward Burd Grubb, American Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General, born in Burlington, New Jersey (d. 1913)
  • 1862-04-02 Nicholas Murray Butler, American philosopher, diplomat (Nobel Peace Prize 1931), educator (Columbia University President), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey (d. 1947)
  • 1862-06-21 Henry Holden Huss, American composer, born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1953)
  • 1862-08-16 Amos Alonzo Stagg, American athlete and American football pioneer, born in West Orange, New Jersey (d. 1965)

Person of interestAlfred Stieglitz

1864-01-01 Alfred Stieglitz, American photographer/art dealer (Camera Work), born in Hoboken, New Jersey

Photographer Alfred Stieglitz
Photographer
Alfred Stieglitz
  • 1864-10-10 T. Frank Appleby, American Republican Party politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey), born in Old Bridge Township, New Jersey (d. 1924)

Person of interestStephen Crane

1871-11-01 Stephen Crane, novelist/poet (Red Badge of Courage), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1900)

Novelist Stephen Crane
Novelist
Stephen Crane
  • 1876-06-11 Alfred L. Kroeber, American anthropologist and author (Anthropologist looks at History), born in Hoboken, New Jersey (d. 1960)
  • 1876-07-26 Ernest Schelling, American composer and conductor (Victory Ball), born in Belvidere, New Jersey (d. 1939)
  • 1877-01-20 Ruth St Denis, ballerina (Dances of the 5 Senses), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1878-05-16 Taylor Holmes, American actor (Sleeping Beauty, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1959)
  • 1879-08-26 Joe Jeannette, American boxer (world coloured champion 1909), born in West Hoboken, New Jersey (d. 1958)
  • 1881-11-16 Joel H. Hildebrand, American Chemist and Educator whose work on the chemistry of solutions helped treat divers with the 'bends' through the introduction of helium and oxygen breathing mixtures, born in Camden, New Jersey
  • 1882-04-16 Seth Bingham, American composer, born in Bloomfield, New Jersey (d. 1972)
  • 1884-01-20 A[braham] Merritt, American sci-fi author (The Moon Pool, Burn Witch Bun ), born in Beverly, New Jersey (d. 1943)
  • 1884-10-14 Jimmy Conlin, American actor (Sin of Harold Diddlebock), born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 1962)

Person of interestAlice Paul

1885-01-11 Alice Paul, American suffragist (National Woman's Party), born in Mount Laurel Township, New Jersey (d. 1977)

Suffragist Alice Paul
Suffragist
Alice Paul

Person of interestJoyce Kilmer

1886-12-06 Joyce Kilmer, American poet (Trees), born in New Brunswick, New Jersey (d. 1918)

  • 1887-01-19 Alexander Woollcott, American critic and short story writer (The Man Who Came to Dinner), born in Phalanx, New Jersey (d. 1943)
  • 1887-04-12 Harold Lockwood, American actor (Tess of the Storm Country), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1918)
  • 1887-12-06 Joseph Lamb, American ragtime composer, born in Montclair, New Jersey (d. 1960)
  • 1889-01-23 Franklin Pangborn, American actor (My Best Gal, Hats Off, Easy Living), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1958)
  • 1891-03-06 Victor Kilian, actor (Gentleman's Agreement), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1891-06-13 Nell Craig, American actress (Calling Dr Kildare, Queen of Sheba), born in Princeton, New Jersey (d. 1965)
  • 1891-08-10 Henry O'Neill, actor (Lady Killer, Nothing But Trouble), born in Orange, New Jersey
  • 1892-07-11 Thomas Mitchell, American academy award winning actor (Gone with the Wind, High Noon), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey (d. 1962)
  • 1892-08-16 Otto Messmer, American cartoonist (Felix the Cat), born in Union City, New Jersey (d. 1983)
  • 1893-05-26 Norma Talmadge, American actress (Sign on Door, Camille), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 1957)

Person of interestDorothy Parker

1893-08-22 Dorothy Parker, American short story writer (1958 Marjorie Peabody Award), born in Long Branch, New Jersey (d. 1967)

Short Story Writer Dorothy Parker
Short Story Writer
Dorothy Parker
  • 1894-02-01 James P. Johnson, American pianist and composer (Charleston), born in New Brunswick, New Jersey (d. 1955)
  • 1894-06-23 Alfred Kinsey, American entomologist and sexologist (Kinsey Report), born in Hoboken, New Jersey (d. 1956)
  • 1895-04-17 Bert Wheeler, American actor (Brave Eagle, The Nitwits, Hold 'em Jail, High Flyers, Rainmakers), born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 1968)
  • 1895-05-26 Dorothea Lange, American documentary photographer, born in Hoboken, New Jersey (d. 1965)
  • 1895-11-10 John Knudsen Northrop, American aircraft designer (Northrop Air), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1981)
  • 1896-02-07 Harold Hoffman, (Gov-NJ), born in South Amboy, New Jersey
  • 1897-07-07 Anna Luther, American silent screen actress (Sinners in Silk), born in New Jersey (d. 1960)
  • 1897-07-10 Lloyd Goodrich, American Arts Museum director, born in Nutley, New Jersey (d. 1987)
  • 1898-04-09 Paul Robeson, American singer (Old Man River), actor and civil rights activist, born in Princeton, New Jersey (d. 1976)
  • 1899-06-27 Juan Trippe, American airline pioneer and entrepreneur (Pan Am founder), born in Sea Bright, New Jersey (d. 1981)
  • 1899-08-31 Paul E Garber, American founder/1st curator of National Air & Space Museum, born in Atlantic City, New Jersey (d. 1992)
  • 1900-02-02 Carroll Righter, American columnist and astrologer to the stars, born in Salem, New Jersey (d. 1988)
  • 1900-03-08 Howard Aiken, American computing pioneer (Harvard Mark I computer), born in Hoboken, New Jersey (d. 1973)
  • 1900-06-28 Alan Bunce, American radio and television actor (Homicidal, Ethel & Albert), born in Westfield, New Jersey (d. 1965)
  • 1900-07-08 George Antheil, composer (Airplane Sonata), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • 1900-08-24 Preston Foster, American actor (Waterfront, Gunslinger), born in Ocean City, New Jersey (d. 1970)
  • 1901-07-25 Lila Lee, American actress (Midnight Girl, Blood & Sand), born in Union Hill, New Jersey (d. 1973)
  • 1901-08-27 Al Ritz [Joaquim], American actor (Ritz Brothers, Hi Ya Chum), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1965)
  • 1901-11-06 Juanita Hall, American actress (South Pacific, Flower Drum Song), born in Keyport, New Jersey (d. 1968)
  • 1902-07-14 Paul Guilfoyle, American actor and director (The Grapes of Wrath, Curiosity Kills), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 1955)
  • 1903-03-16 Morgan Conway, American actor (Dick Tracy, Brother Orchid), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1981)
  • 1903-04-09 Gregory Pincus, American biologist and inventor (birth control pill), born in Woodbine, New Jersey (d. 1903)
  • 1903-04-17 Louis Jean Heydt, American actor (Waterfront, Gone with the Wind, The Great McGinty), born in Montclair, New Jersey (d. 1960)
  • 1904-04-16 Clifford P. Case, American lawyer and politician, U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey, born in Franklin Park, New Jersey (d. 1982)
  • 1904-07-15 Dorothy Fields, American lyricist (I'm in the Mood for Love), born in Allenhurst, New Jersey (d. 1974)
  • 1904-08-04 Theodore Newton, American actor (Ace of Aces, Voltaire), born in Lawrenceville, New Jersey (d. 1963)
  • 1904-08-21 [William] Count Basie, jazz musician and band leader ( "One O'Clock Jump"), born in Red Bank, New Jersey (d. 1984)
  • 1905-04-05 Bill Raisch, American one armed actor (The Fugitive, Spartacus, Sweet Smell of Success), born in North Bergen, New Jersey (d. 1984)
  • 1905-08-31 Dore Schary, American producer, writer and director (Act 1, Boys Town, Big City), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1958)

Person of interestLou Costello

1906-03-06 Lou Costello, American comedian and actor (The Abbott and Costello Show), born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 1959)

Comedian and Actor Lou Costello
Comedian and Actor
Lou Costello
  • 1906-03-20 Oswald "Ozzie" Nelson, American actor (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 1975)
  • 1906-04-17 Sidney Garfield, American physician and pioneer of health maintenance organizations (Kaiser Permanente), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey (d. 1984)
  • 1906-04-25 William J. Brennan, Jr, American Supreme Court judge (1956-90), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1997)

Person of interestAnne Morrow Lindbergh

1906-06-22 Anne Morrow Lindbergh, American author and aviator (Gift from the Sea), born in Englewood, New Jersey

Aviation Pioneer and Author Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Aviation Pioneer and Author
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  • 1906-09-15 Kathryn Murray, American dancer (Arthur Murray Dance Party), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 1999)
  • 1906-11-17 Betty Bronson, American actress (Evel Knievel, One Stolen Night), born in Trenton, New Jersey (d. 1971)
  • 1907-05-22 Harry Ritz [Joachim], American actor and comedian (Ritz Brothers-Silent Movie), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1986)
  • 1908-01-14 Russ Columbo [Ruggiero Eugenio di Rodolfo Colombo], American baritone, violinist and actor (You Call It Madness, But I Call It Love), born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 1934)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1902-08-16 Filmmaker Cecil B DeMille (21) weds actress Constance Adams (28) in Orange, New Jersey

Filmmaker and Director Cecil B. DeMille
Filmmaker and Director
Cecil B. DeMille

HeartWedding of Interest

1910-12-31 Editor Maxwell Perkins (26) weds Louise Saunders at Holy Cross Episcopal Church in North Plainfield, New Jersey

HeartWedding of Interest

1924-06-24 American writer Henry Miller (31) marries 2nd wife June Smerth (21) in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Author Henry Miller
Author
Henry Miller

HeartWedding of Interest

1924-12-11 Photographer Alfred Stieglitz (60) marries artist Georgia O'Keeffe (37) in Cliffside Park, New Jersey

Painter and Sculptor Georgia O’Keeffe
Painter and Sculptor
Georgia O’Keeffe
Photographer Alfred Stieglitz
Photographer
Alfred Stieglitz

HeartWedding of Interest

1929-05-27 Aviator Charles Lindbergh (27) weds author Anne Morrow (22) in Englewood, New Jersey

Aviator Charles Lindbergh
Aviator
Charles Lindbergh
Aviation Pioneer and Author Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Aviation Pioneer and Author
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  • 1996-09-07 Five-foot-eleven model-actress Eva Herzigova (23) weds Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres (43) in Sea Bright, New Jersey
  • 1996-11-30 Multimillionaire and top-selling female suspense novelist Mary Higgins Clark (67) weds Merrill Lynch Futures retired CEO John Conheeney (67) in Saddle River, New Jersey

HeartWedding of Interest

2000-12-16 Tennis player Todd Martin (30) weds Amy Martin in New Jersey

Tennis Player Todd Martin
Tennis Player
Todd Martin

HeartWedding of Interest

2003-12-07 Queen of hip-hop soul, Mary J. Blige (32) weds record producer Kendu Isaacs in Bergen County, New Jersey

Singer-songwriter Mary J. Blige
Singer-songwriter
Mary J. Blige
  • 2004-06-20 Former Dallas Cowboys running back Eddie George (30) weds R&B group "SWV" member Tamara Johnson (33) at the Rockleigh Country Club in Rockleigh, New Jersey
  • 2006-07-07 Three-time "Survivor" contestant Stephanie LaGrossa (26) weds Michael Ward in Seaside Heights, New Jersey
  • 2009-08-15 Charmed actress Alyssa Milano (39) weds CAA agent David Bugliari in Bernardsville, New Jersey

HeartWedding of Interest

2009-10-25 Ivanka Trump (27) weds New York Observer owner Jared Kushner (28) at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey

Businesswoman and Adviser to Donald Trump Ivanka Trump
Businesswoman and Adviser to Donald Trump
Ivanka Trump
Son-in-law and Adviser to Donald Trump Jared Kushner
Son-in-law and Adviser to Donald Trump
Jared Kushner
  • 2013-08-03 Actor and model Kevin Zegers (28) weds talent agent Jaime Feld in New Jersey
  • 2014-11-29 Reality TV personality Snooki (27) weds Jionni LaValle at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in East Hanover, New Jersey

Famous Deaths

  • 1779-06-16 Sir Francis Bernard, Governor of New Jersey and Massachusetts (b. 1712)
  • 1790-07-25 William Livingston, Governor of New Jersey (b. 1723)

Person of interestJohn Witherspoon

1794-11-15 John Witherspoon, president of the College of New Jersey, dies at 71

Presbyterian Minister John Witherspoon
Presbyterian Minister
John Witherspoon
  • 1877-10-03 James Roosevelt Bayley, first Bishop of Newark, New Jersey, and the eighth Archbishop of Baltimore, dies at 63
  • 1982-03-05 Clifford P. Case, American lawyer and politician, U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey, dies at 77
  • 1988-03-25 James J. Howard, American educator and Democratic Party politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey), dies at 60
  • 1990-05-27 Robert B. Meyner, American politician (44th Governor of New Jersey), dies at 81
  • 1996-07-01 William T. Cahill, American politician, 46th Governor of New Jersey (1970-74), dies at 84
  • 2005-05-07 Peter W. Rodino, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey (1949-89), dies at 95
  • 2011-11-10 Peter J. Biondi, American state legislator (New Jersey) and former mayor (b. 1942)