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On January 21 of 1947
Republican Alfred E. Driscoll of Haddonfield is inaugurated, the last governor elected under the New Jersey Constitution of 1844 which set a three-year term for the office and prohibited running for re-election to a consecutive term. He subsequently became the first governor elected under the new Constitution of 1947 whose adoption he had advocated, which provided a four-year term and allowed re-election to a successive term.
On January 20 of 1777
Brigadier General Philemon Dickinson (later US Senator from New Jersey 1790-93) leads 400 New Jersey militia and 50 Pennsylvania riflemen in an attack against 500 British soldiers foraging for food near Van Nest’s Mills in Millstone. In the 20-minute battle, about 25 British are estimated killed with 49 soldiers taken prisoner. The Americans suffer five deaths and seize over 100 horses and large supplies of food and cattle.
On January 19 of 1883
First electric lighting system employing overhead wires goes into service in Roselle. It is built by Thomas Edison to demonstrate that an entire community could be lit by electricity from a shared, central generating station.
On January 18 of 1994
Christine Todd Whitman is inaugurated as the 50th governor of New Jersey. She is the first woman to hold the office.
"I am from New Jersey" introduction by Jon Stewart for Bruce Springsteen at 2009 Kennedy Center Honors
Poster promoting Atlantic City in 1920s
"The Prudential has the strength of Gibraltar" ad in 1909
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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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