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On July 2 of 1776
New Jersey becomes the fourth American colony to adopt a constitution declaring independence from Great Britain. It was composed in five days and although the delegates considered it a temporary charter, it remained New Jersey's state constitution for sixty-eight years.
On July 1 of 1916
A series of shark attacks begIn at the Jersey Shore with a 23-year-old swimmer bitten at Beach Haven, who bled to death after being pulled from the ocean. Three more people were killed and one injured in subsequent attacks in Spring Lake and Matawan. The attacks were loosely adapted as the plot for the novel Jaws written by Peter Benchley published in 1974 and movie of the same name released in 1975 directed by Steven Spielberg.
On June 30 of 1900
A fire on the Hoboken docks kills at least 326 persons in and around piers of Germany's Norddeutscher Lloyd shipping company. The fire began when cotton bales stored on NDL’s southernmost wharf caught fire, and winds carried the flames to nearby barrels of volatile liquids, such as turpentine and oil, which exploded in rapid succession, gutting nearby warehouses and three of NDL’s major transatlantic liners.
On June 29 of 2006
US District Court Judge William Martini sitting in Newark sentences Andrew Mantovani to 32 months in prison for operating the largest online marketplace for stolen credit card and debit card information, trafficking in at least 1.5 million stolen credit and debit cards.
"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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