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On October 21 of 2013
Same sex marriage becomes legally recognized in New Jersey when a trial court ruling takes effect in the case of Garden State Equality v. Dow invalidating the state's restriction of marriage to persons of different sexes and after the State Supreme Court denies a motion to stay the implementation of the lower court's decision.
On October 20 of 1931
Thomas Edison funeral is held at his Glenmont estate and laboratory in West Orange attended by First Lady Lou Hoover, Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone, followed by burial in Rosedale Cemetery in East Orange. President Hoover issues a proclamation calling for a national tribute to Edison's memory on the next evening by turning off electric lights for one minute.
On October 19 of 1915
New Jersey voters in a statewide referendum reject amending the state Constitution to extend the right to vote to women by a vote of 184,390 to 133,282.
On October 18 of 1931
Thomas Alva Edison dies at his home in West Orange at the age of 84. One of the most prolific inventors in history, he was awarded 1,093 patents during his lifetime, including for innovations in lighting, motion pictures and audio recording.
On October 17 of 1888
Thomas Edison files a patent for the first movie projector, the “Optical Phonograph,” which projects images less than one inch wide across a screen.
On October 16 of 1935
Governor Harold G. Hoffman secretly visits and interviews convicted Lindbergh baby kidnapper Bruno Richard Hauptmann in his cell at the Trenton State Prison. Hoffman granted a stay delaying Hauptmann's execution, but it was carried out at the Prison on April 3, 1936.
On October 15 of 1928
The German airship Graf Zeppelin completes its first trans-Atlantic flight, landing at Lakehurst
"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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