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On December 9 of 1914
A fire at Thomas Edison’s Laboratory complex in West Orange caused by an explosion in the film inspection building destroys over half the buildings. Edison and his wife rush from their nearby home and stay until firefighters were able to contain the blaze. On the next day, Edison vows to rebuild the complex.
On December 8 of 1776
After suffering defeats by the British in New York and northern New Jersey, George Washington's retreating Continental Army crosses the Delaware River north of Trenton to Pennsylvania. On Christmas night, he would return to cross the Delaware and launch his famous attack on the Hessian soldiers barracked at Trenton.
On December 7 of 1942
On the first anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Governor Charles Edison and his wife Carolyn preside over the launching ceremony of the battleship USS New Jersey at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. The New Jersey later would become the most decorated battleship to serve in the War and subsequently also saw action in the Korean and Vietnam wars and in the Mediterranean off Lebanon.
On December 6 of 1776
Margaret Morris, a Quaker widow living in Burlington with her four children, begins writing a journal on developments in the war with the British, writing on this date concerning news that the British fleet was approaching Philadelphia: "People there were in great Commotion... the English fleet was in the River & hourly expected to sail up to the City... the inhabitants were removing into the Country... &... several persons of considerable repute had been discovered to have formed a design of setting fire to the City..."
"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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