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On January 16 of 1991
Operation Desert Storm is launched against Iraq following its invasion and occupation of Kuwait, with coalition of forces from 32 nations under command of Trenton native US General Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr., whose father was the first superintendent of the New Jersey State Police and a key investigator with Charles Lindbergh in pursuing the kidnappers in March 1932 of Lindbergh's infant son
On January 15 of 1857
The Absecon Lighthouse on the north end of Absecon Island is first lit, with its light produced by a kerosene flame visible nearly 20 miles at sea. The lighthouse was built after lobbying by Dr. Jonathan Pitney, the 'father of Atlantic City,' with the aid of a $35,000 appropriation from Congress.
On January 14 of 1981
Governor Brendan Byrne approves the Pinelands Comprehensive Management Plan and forwards it to US Secretary of the Interior Cecil D. Andrus, who approves it on January 16, just before the Carter Administration leaves office on January 20 with the inauguration of Ronald Reagan.
On January 13 of 1931
Port of New York Authority announces that the 'Hudson River Bridge' under construction will officially be named the 'George Washington Bridge.' It is opened to traffic on October 25.
On January 12 of 1777
Continental Army General Hugh Mercer dies of the bayonet wounds he had received at the Battle of Princeton on January 3. The County of Mercer is named in his honor in 1838 when the county was created from three adjacent counties by the state legislature.
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Four horse-drawn fire engines gallop on snow-covered street to fire in Newark in 1896 film shot by Thomas Edison Inc.
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