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 New Jersey, USA - Dr. A. Boschees German Syrup Made in Woodbury, New Jersey  Boschee’s German Syrup was a common remedy for coughs, colds and consumption. It was mo

New Jersey has the most diners in the world and is sometimes referred to as the diner capital of the world.

New Jersey is a leading industrial state and is the largest chemical producing state in the nation.

New Jersey has the largest petroleum containment area outside of the Middle East countries.

The first Indian reservation was in New Jersey.

"New Jersey was named for Jersey, the largest of the British Channel Islands, by its founders Sir John Berkeley and Sir George Carteret. Carteret was born on Jersey and served as its Lieutenant Governor for several years."

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Dr. A. Boschee's German Syrup
Made in Woodbury, New Jersey

Boschee’s German Syrup was a common r
New Jersey, USA

Dr. A. Boschee's German Syrup
Made in Woodbury, New Jersey

Boschee’s German Syrup was a common remedy for coughs, colds and consumption. It was most popular for its claim to "cure" consumption and any disease of the throat and lungs.

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Adopted May 11, 1896
New Jersey, USA
Flag of New Jersey
Adopted May 11, 1896

New Jersey, USA

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New Jersey, USA

(IL) - Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois

New Jersey, USA

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Hotel Beechwood, Summit, New Jersey
New Jersey, USA

Hotel Beechwood, Summit, New Jersey
Main Street, Paterson, New Jersey(1910)
New Jersey, USA

Main Street, Paterson, New Jersey(1910)
West Main Ave., Passaic, New Jersey (1910)
New Jersey, USA

West Main Ave., Passaic, New Jersey (1910)

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1776 - New Jersey adopted first state constitution; George Washington crossed Delaware River from Pennsylvania in surprise attack on British; Washington defeated British at Battle of Trenton webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ njtimeln.htm
1776 - State laws in New Jersey allow women to vote.

Stories from the Revolution,
1787 - New Jersey became third U.S. state webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ njtimeln.htm
1790 - Trenton declared state capital; New Jersey first state to sign Bill of Rights webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ njtimeln.htm
1807 - New Jersey restricts the right to vote to white men.

Stories from the Revolution,
The tomato was put “on trial” on September 25, 1820, in Salem, New Jersey.
In front of a courthouse, Robert Johnson ate a basket of tomatoes to prove they were not poisonous. The crowd waited for him to keel over dead. He never did.

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1854 - April 16 – The United States packet ship Powhattan is wrecked off the New Jersey shore with more than 200 + victims.
April 16, 1854
1858 - Dinosaur Fossil Found
The first nearly complete dinosaur fossil is found in Haddonfield, New Jersery. resources/state-history-timeline/ new-jersey.html
1879 - December 31 – Thomas Edison demonstrates incandescent lighting to the public for the first time in Menlo Park, New Jersey.
December 31, 1879
1895 - New Jersey
New Jersey, jer'zee, one of the Atlantic states of the American Union, bounded N. and N.E. by New York, E. by New York and the Atlantic, S. by the Atlantic and Dela ware Bay, and W. by Delaware and Pennsylvania. From New York it is divided, in part, by the Hudson River, New York Bay, the Kill van Kull, Staten Island Sound, and Raritan Bay; and the Delaware River and Bay wash its entire western border. It extends 167 miles northwardly from lat. 38° 56' to 41° 21' N., and its extreme E, and W. points are respectively in W. lon. 73°54' and 75° 33'. Area, 7815 square miles...

The counties number 21, as follows: Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren.

The principal cities and towns are Trenton, the capital (pop. in 1890, 57,458), Newark, the most populous town (181,830), Jersey City (163,003), Paterson (78,347), Cam den (58,313),... Read MORE...

1918 - October 4 - The T. A. Gillespie Company Shell Loading Plant explosion in New Jersey kills 100+ and destroys enough ammunition to supply the Western Front for 6 months.
October 4, 1918
1923 - September 4 – In Lakehurst, New Jersey, the first American airship, USS Shenandoah (ZR-1), takes to the sky for the first time.
September 4, 1923
1926 - July 10 - A lightning bolt struck an ammunition magazine in northern New Jersey, and a big red ball of fire leaped into the air triggering a series of explosions.
All buildings within a half mile radius were destroyed, and debris fell as far as twenty-two miles away. Sixteen persons were killed, and property damage was seventy million dollars.
July 10, 1926
1927 - November 12 - The Holland Tunnel opens to traffic as the first vehicular tunnel under the Hudson River linking New Jersey with New York City.
November 12, 1927
1931 - October 18 - Thomas Edison dies in West Orange, New Jersey, USA

October 18, 1931
1933 - October 17 – Scientist Albert Einstein arrives in the United States where he settles permanently as a refugee from Nazi Germany and takes up a position at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey.
October 17, 1933
1934 - September 8 – Off the New Jersey coast, a fire aboard the passenger liner S.S. Morro Castle kills 134 people.
September 8, 1934
1935 - January 3 – The trial of Bruno Richard Hauptmann, accused of the kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh, Jr., begins in Flemington, New Jersey.
January 3, 1935
1937 - May 6 – Hindenburg disaster:
In the United States, the German airship Hindenburg bursts into flame when mooring to a mast in Lakehurst, New Jersey. Of the 36 passengers and 61 crew on board, 13 passengers and 22 crew die, as well as one member of the ground crew. (Wikipedia)


Lakehurst, N. J. - All but seven bodies of those who perished in the blazing wreckage of the zeppelin HINDENBURG were believed to have been recovered today.

Bare-headed survivors of the German crew climbed among the smoking debris searching for missing comrades.

Lieut. GEORGE WATSON, naval communications officer here, said it was possible that the seven missing bodies were entirely consumed in the blazing hydrogen and motor fuel that destroyed the airship last night.
Sentries with ready rifles encircled the heap of metal, keeping everyone thirty feet away.

None was...

1938 - Orson Welles produced War of the World radio broadcast resulting in widespread panic webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ njtimeln.htm
1951 - New Jersey Turnpike opened webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ njtimeln.htm
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in New Jersey:
The Jersey Shore: New Jersey's coastline stretches for over 120 miles and is famous for its beautiful beaches. Some popular shore towns include Cape May, Wildwood, Ocean City, Seaside Heights, and Asbury Park. You can enjoy swimming, sunbathing, boardwalks, and a vibrant nightlife scene.

Atlantic City: Known for its casinos, Atlantic City offers a variety of entertainment options, including gambling, live shows, and excellent dining. The famous Boardwalk is a must-visit.

Liberty State Park: Located in Jersey City, this park offers stunning views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the Manhattan skyline. It's a great spot for picnics, walking, and biking.

Princeton University: Explore the beautiful campus of Princeton University, known for its historic architecture, including Nassau Hall. Don't miss the Princeton University Art Museum.

Cape May: This charming Victorian town is known for its well-preserved historic buildings, beautiful beaches, and a lovely downtown... Read MORE...

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