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On June 3 of 1719
First reported mention of "Trent-Town,"
named after founder and large landowner William Trent, is made when a constable is appointed while the area was still part of Hunterdon County. In the next year, a jail is built.
On June 2 of 1979
Two corrections officers are taken hostage by inmates at the Cumberland County Jail, resulting in all inmates being released from their cells. Negotiations to secure the release of the hostages continued for several hours, but when some prisoners attempted to leave the jail using the hostages as shields, a SWAT team opened fire, killing two inmates.
On June 1 of 1933
New Jersey becomes the fifth state to approve the Twenty-first Amendment repealing the Eighteenth Amendment that initiated Prohibition. During Prohibition, New Jersey served as a key entry point for bootlegged liquor from Canada into the US, particularly through Absecon Island in Atlantic County brought in from boats offshore.
On May 31 of 1929
Atlantic City's Convention Hall is dedicated. It served as the home of the Miss America pageant from 1929 until 2004 and in 1964 was the site of the Democratic National Convention which nominated Lyndon B. Johnson for president and Hubert H. Humphrey for vice president.
On May 30 of 1924
A crowd estimated at 20,000 attends the dedication of a 66-foot high granite obelisk, modeled after the Washington Monument, commemorating the one million soldiers who passed through Camp Merritt in Bergen County on their way to fight in Europe during World War I. General John J. "Cactus Jack" Pershing gives the featured address at the dedication of the monument, which is located on the border of Cresskill and Dumont.
"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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