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On February 23 of 1998
The US Supreme Court rejects without comment hearing an appeal of a lower court decision upholding the constitutionality of 'Megan's Law,' the statute enacted in 1996 by New Jersey mandating registry and public notice of the residences of convicted sex offenders. The law was enacted following the rape and murder in 1994 of seven-year-old Megan Kanka by a sex offender who lived near the Kanka family home in Hamilton Township in Mercer County.
On February 22 of 1794
Students at the College of New Jersey (renamed Princeton University in 1896) celebrate George Washington's birthday for the first time. The minutes of the Cliosophic Society note: 'An oration on the birth day [sic] of the President of the U.S. was delivered by Bro. Gama, who has been previously chosen for that purpose, to the great satisfaction of all present.'
Mudd Manuscript Library, Princeton University
On February 21 of 1861
President-elect Abraham Lincoln stops in Trenton on his way to be inaugurated in Washington. He is given a luncheon at the Trenton House Hotel and then delivers brief separate talks at the State House to the state Senate and Assembly.
On February 20 of 1791
Dr. James Newell, a Monmouth County physician, military surgeon during the Revolutionary War and past president of the New Jersey Medical Society, dies one day before his wife Elizabeth also dies of a fever. Married for over forty years, they are buried on the same day.
On February 19 0f 1945
John Basilone, a Marine gunnery sergeant whose family resided in Raritan Township, is killed on the first day of the invasion of the island of Iwo Jima during the Battle of Guadalcanal after single handedly destroying an enemy blockhouse and safely leading a Marine tank under fire through a minefield. He is posthumously awarded both the Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism--the only enlisted Marine to receive both decorations in World War II.
"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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