New Jersey in History

Historical Events

  • 1664-03-12 New Jersey becomes an English colony
  • 1664-06-24 Colony of New Jersey founded when Duke of York grants Lord Berkeley and Sir George Carteret ownership of land between the Hudson and Delaware Rivers
  • 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

Battle of Interest

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

  • 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

Historic Event

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.

  • 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

Historic Event

1833-11-08 Train derails at Hightstown, New Jersey, killing two people. Also onboard are Cornelius Vanderbilt and former President John Quincy Adams.

Historic Communication

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

  • 1846-06-19 First officially 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 under provisions of the 15th Amendment to the Constitution, in a local election on town's charter [1]
  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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
  • 1894-01-07 William K.L. Dickson captures "Fred Ott's Sneeze" as a motion picture at Thomas Edison's Black Mariah Studio, West Orange, New Jersey [1]
  • 1898-06-18 Steel Pier, 1st amusement pier opens in Atlantic City, New Jersey [1]
  • 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
  • 1903-12-15 NY Wall Street vendor Italo Marchiony [Marcioni] granted patent for a mound for making ice cream cones
  • 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
  • 1909-06-25 US Open Men's Golf, Englewood GC: Englishman George Sargent sets a new Open scoring record to win his only major title, 4 strokes ahead of runner-up Tom McNamara
  • 1911-06-01 1st US group insurance policy written in Passaic, New Jersey

Historic Event

1913-02-02 American poet Joyce Kilmer writes his famous poem "Trees" in Mahwah, 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

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

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

  • 1933-06-06 Richard Hollingshead opens the world's 1st Drive-In movie theater on Admiral Wilson Boulevard in Pennsauken, 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 becomes 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

The Age of Zeppelins

1937-05-06 German airship Hindenburg explodes in flames at Lakehurst, New Jersey, killing 35 of the 97 on board and 1 on the ground

Film Premiere

1940-10-30 "One Night in the Tropics", first film for Abbott and Costello, premieres in Paterson, New Jersey

  • 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 bounces 1st radar signal off the Moon from Ft. Monmouth, New Jersey

Music History

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

  • 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 Bell Telephone Laboratories announces invention of the phototransistor in 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

Music History

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

  • 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
  • 1973-04-03 1st mobile phone call is made in downtown Manhattan, NYC by Motorola employee Martin Cooper to the Bell Labs headquarters in New Jersey
  • 1973-10-24 Heavy fog causes 65 car collision killing 9 on New Jersey Turnpike
  • 1976-09-01 The Meadowlands Race Track opens in East Rutherford, New Jersey
  • 1976-10-10 Giant's Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey opens with the NY Giants going down 24–14 to the Dallas Cowboys in from of 76,042 fans
  • 1977-06-02 New Jersey allows casino gambling in Atlantic City
  • 1981-10-04 Meadowlands Arena opens in Rutherford, New Jersey

NBA All-Star Game

1982-01-31 32nd NBA All-Star Game, Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ: East beats West, 120-118; MVP - Larry Bird, Boston Celtics

  • 1982-06-30 New Jersey NHL franchise officially named Devils by fan balloting; legend of the Jersey Devil, a creature that allegedly inhabited the Pine Barrens of South Jersey
  • 1982-08-20 Don Lever becomes first captain of NHL New Jersey Devils
  • 1982-10-05 First regular season NHL game is played in New Jersey (Newark; NJ Devils play a 3-3 tie against Pittsburgh Penguins at Brendan Byrne Arena; Don Lever scores first Devils' goal
  • 1982-10-08 New Jersey Devils 1st NHL victory; beat New York Rangers 3-2 at Meadowlands
  • 1984-01-26 US navy exhibits Piasecki helistat-4 helicopters & a blimp able to lift 26 tons-Lakehurst, New Jersey
  • 1985-01-28 Houston's Bill Fitch becomes the 6th coach in NBA history to post 600 wins as the Rockets beat the New Jersey Nets, 97-93
  • 1985-04-07 New Jersey General Hershel Walker rushes for USFL record 233 yards
  • 1987-01-05 Surrogate Baby M case begins in Hackensack, New Jersey
  • 1987-12-02 "334" club forms as 334 brave Devil fans journey through 20" of snow to attend New Jersey Devils 7-5 NHL victory over Calgary at Meadowlands

Album Release

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

Sports History

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

  • 1989-01-23 NBA New Jersey Nets begin a 32+ game road losing streak

NHL Record

1990-01-30 LA center Wayne Gretzky sets NHL record by scoring his 100th point of the season for the 11th straight season; milestone comes with an assist in a 5-2 Kings' win over visiting New Jersey Devils


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 809

  • 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)

John 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)

  • 1723-11-30 William Livingston, American politician and 1st revolutionary Governor of New Jersey, born in Albany, Province of New York (d. 1790)
  • 1726-02-15 Abraham Clark, American politician, signed US Declaration of Independence, born in Elizabethtown, New Jersey (d. 1794)
  • 1730-01-23 Joseph Hewes, American merchant (Declaration of Independence signatory), born in Princeton, New Jersey (d. 1779)
  • 1730-10-01 Richard Stockton, American attorney and signer of Declaration of Independence, born in Princeton, New Jersey (d. 1781)
  • 1735-04-13 Isaac Low, American delegate to the Continental Congress, born in Piscataway, Province of New Jersey, British America (d. 1791)
  • 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

Aaron 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)

  • 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, American 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)
  • 1783-12-12 Ner Alexander Middleswarth, American politician, born in New Jersey (d. 1865)
  • 1785-03-11 John McLean, American Supreme Court Justice (1829-61) and Postmaster General, born in Morris County, New Jersey (d. 1861)
  • 1788-04-14 David G. Burnet, interim president of the Republic of Texas, born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1870)

James Fenimore Cooper

1789-09-15 James Fenimore Cooper, 1st major American novelist (The Last of the Mohicans), born in Burlington, New Jersey (d. 1851)

  • 1798-08-28 Gershom Jaques Van Brunt, U.S. Army (Union Navy), born in Monmouth County, New Jersey (d. 1863)
  • 1803-09-27 Samuel Francis DuPont, American Rear Admiral (Union Navy), born in Bayonne, New Jersey (d. 1865)
  • 1805-11-28 John Stephens, American explorer and archaeologist (pivotal figure in the rediscovery of Maya civilization throughout Middle America), born in Shrewsbury, New Jersey (d. 1852)
  • 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)
  • 1818-11-22 Samuel Gibbs French, American Major General (Confederate Army), born in Mullica Hill, New Jersey (d. 1910)
  • 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)

Bill the Butcher

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

  • 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 of the 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)

Grover Cleveland

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

  • 1837-12-02 Charles Garrison Harker, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Swedesboro, New Jersey (d. 1864)
  • 1840-10-30 William Graham Sumner, American sociologist (Folkways), 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)
  • 1846-01-08 William Wallace Gilchrist, American composer, born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 1916)
  • 1850-06-19 David Jayne Hill, American diplomat and author, born in Plainfield, New Jersey (d. 1932)
  • 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)
  • 1862-10-04 Edward Stratemeyer, American author (The Rover Boys), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey (d. 1930)

Alfred Stieglitz

1864-01-01 Alfred Stieglitz, American photographer and art dealer (Camera Work), born in Hoboken, New Jersey (d. 1946

  • 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)
  • 1864-11-28 Lindley M. Garrison, American lawyer and 46th U.S. Secretary of War (1913-16), born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 1932)

Stephen Crane

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

  • 1872-12-21 Albert Payson Terhune, American novelist (Lad, a Dog), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1942)
  • 1872-12-30 William Larned, American tennis player (US Nationals 1901-02, 07-11), born in Summit, New Jersey (d. 1926)
  • 1873-04-15 Juliette Atkinson, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1895, 97-98), born in Rahway, New Jersey (d. 1944)
  • 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 child piano prodigy, conductor, and composer (A 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 (d. 1968)
  • 1877-02-08 Helen Homans, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1906), born in Englewood, New Jersey (d. 1949)
  • 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)
  • 1880-08-14 Fred Alexander, American tennis player (Australasian C'ship 1908, 5-time US Indoor winner), born in Sea Bright, New Jersey (d. 1969)
  • 1881-11-03 George Mehnert, American wrestler (Olympic gold flyweight 1904, bantamweight 1908), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1948)
  • 1881-11-16 Joel H. Hildebrand, American chemist and educator (research led to new treatments for divers with the 'bends' through the use of helium and oxygen breathing mixtures), born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 1983)
  • 1881-12-31 Colin G Fink, American chemist (electro chemistry), born in Hoboken, New Jersey
  • 1882-04-16 Seth Bingham, American organist and composer (Six Pieces for Organ), born in Bloomfield, New Jersey (d. 1972)
  • 1882-10-30 William Halsey Jr., US vice-admiral (WW II Pacific), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey (d. 1959)
  • 1883-09-17 William Carlos Williams, American physician and poet, born in Rutherford, New Jersey (d. 1963)
  • 1883-11-25 Harvey Spencer Lewis, American Rosicrucian author and mystic, born in Frenchtown, New Jersey (d. 1939)
  • 1884-01-20 (Abraham) A. Merritt, American magazine editor and sci-fi author (The Moon Pool; Burn, Witch, Burn!), 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)

Alice Paul

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

  • 1886-05-30 Randolph Bourne, American writer (Education and Living), born in Bloomfield, New Jersey (d. 1918)

Joyce 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 pianist and composer ("Bohemia Rag"), born in Montclair, New Jersey (d. 1960)
  • 1888-09-19 James Waddell Alexander II, American mathematician and topologist, born in Sea Bright, New Jersey (d. 1971)
  • 1889-01-23 Franklin Pangborn, American actor (My Best Gal, Hats Off, Easy Living), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1958)
  • 1890-05-17 Philip James, American composer, and conductor (New Jersey Symphony, 1922-29; Bamberger Little Symphony, 1929-36), and educator (NYU, 1934-56), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 1975)
  • 1890-11-01 James Barton, American actor (Tobacco Road, Iceman Cometh), born in Gloucester City, New Jersey (d. 1962)
  • 1890-11-16 George Seldes, American investigative journalist, born in Alliance Colony, New Jersey (d. 1995)
  • 1891-03-06 Victor Kilian, actor (Gentleman's Agreement), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1891-06-13 Nell Craig, American actress (Dr. Kildare (films); The 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)

Dorothy Parker

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

  • 1894-02-01 James P. Johnson, American pianist and composer ("The Charleston": "If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight)"), born in New Brunswick, New Jersey (d. 1955)
  • 1894-05-02 Norma Talmadge, American silent screen actress (Sign on Door, Camille), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 1957)
  • 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)
  • 1895-10-30 Dickinson W. Richards, American physician (Nobel 1956 - development of cardiac catheterization and the characterisation of a number of cardiac diseases), born in Orange, New Jersey (d. 1973)
  • 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)
  • 1897-10-02 (William) "Bud" Abbott, American comedian (Abbott & Costello), born in Asbury Park, New Jersey (d. 1974)
  • 1898-04-09 Paul Robeson, American bass-baritone singer ("Old Man River"), actor and civil rights activist, born in Princeton, New Jersey (d. 1976)

Famous Weddings

Cecil B. DeMille

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

Maxwell Perkins

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

Henry Miller

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

Wedding of Interest

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

Wedding of Interest

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

  • 1996-09-07 Czech model-actress Eva Herzigova (23) weds American "Bon Jovi" drummer Tico Torres (43) in Sea Bright, New Jersey; divorce in 1998
  • 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

Todd Martin

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

Mary J. Blige

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

  • 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 Stephenie LaGrossa (26) weds Michael Ward in Seaside Heights, New Jersey

Alyssa Milano

2009-08-15 Charmed actress Alyssa Milano (39) weds CAA agent David Bugliari in Bernardsville, New Jersey

Wedding of Interest

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

  • 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

  • 1723-03-31 Edward Hyde, 3rd Earl of Clarendon, British Governor of New York and New Jersey, dies at 61
  • 1779-06-16 Sir Francis Bernard, Governor of New Jersey and Massachusetts (b. 1712)
  • 1790-07-25 William Livingston, American politician and 1st revolutionary Governor of New Jersey, dies at 66

John Witherspoon

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

  • 1877-10-03 James Roosevelt Bayley, first Bishop of Newark, New Jersey, and the eighth Archbishop of Baltimore, dies at 63
  • 1924-12-15 T. Frank Appleby, American politician (U.S. House of Representatives - (R) New Jersey, 1921-23), dies at 60
  • 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)
  • 2014-11-12 Marge Roukema, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey), dies at 85