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On August 10 of 1968
The song '1,2,3 Red Light,' recorded by The 1910 Fruitgum Company band from Nutley, is listed on the Billboard Top 40 of best-selling singles in the US and later would rise as high as number 5. It is considered one of the leading examples of 'Bubblegum pop,' a genre of pop rock music with an upbeat sound marketed to appeal to pre-teens and teenagers which was popular from around 1967 to 1972.
On August 9 of 2019
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency disclosed testing results showing that out of three filters provided to Newark residents by the city to reduce lead in the water to safe levels, two had failed to work. At the same time, the EPA urged Newark residents in sections of the city affected by the water supply to use bottled water for drinking and cooking until additional sampling and testing was performed.
On August 8 of 2009
A mid-air collision between a private plane which had taken off from Teterboro Airport and a sightseeing helicopter over the Hudson River near Hoboken kills nine people, including the pilot, his brother and nephew in the plane and five Italian tourists and the pilot in the helicopter.
On August 7 of 1789
The United States Lighthouse Service is created by an act of the First Congress signed by President George Washington. The Act provided for the federal government to assume the costs and operations of existing and new lighthouses, including the one at Sandy Hook built in 1764, now the oldest operating lighthouse in the nation. In 1989, a joint Congressional resolution sponsored in the House by Representative William Hughes of New Jersey and signed by President Ronald Reagan designated August 7 as “National Lighthouse Day.”
On August 6 of 1970
South Brunswick Township police kill more than 200 guinea pigs abandoned on Stouts Lane, 500 feet from Route 1. Police suspect the animals may have been used in a research laboratory.
On August 5 of 1882
The Standard Oil Company of New Jersey is incorporated as part of the Standard Oil Trust established by John D. Rockefeller in order to take advantage of New Jersey's lenient laws allowing companies to hold stock of other firms. In 1911, in the case of Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey v. United States, the US Supreme Court found Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey had monopolized the petroleum industry through a series of anti-competitive actions in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act and ordered its dissolution and division into several geographically separate and eventually competing firms.
On August 4 of 2007
A confrontation in a Newark schoolyard which began as a robbery escalates to an execution- style shooting in which three college-bound friends are killed and a fourth seriously wounded. Six men and boys are later arrested and convicted of committing the murders and receive life sentences.
"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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