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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..."
On December 5 of 1777
New Jersey's first newspaper, The New Jersey Gazette printed weekly by Isaac Collins of Burlington, begins publishing
On December 4 of 1983
The New Jersey Devils gain their first shut-out victory after the franchise relocated to New Jersey from Colorado in the prior season, defeating the Detroit Red Wings 6-0
On December 3 of 2009
'Jersey Shore,' a television reality series featuring a group of eight hard-partying summer housemates tin Seaside Heights, debuts on the MTV cable network. It produces record ratings for the network, but sparks controversy over its purported Italian-American stereotyping. The final show is presented on December 20, 2012, but MTV produced a new series with members of the original cast which aired in 2018.
On December 2 of 2013
During a press conference at the State House in Trenton, Governor Chris Christie denies any personal role in the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge in what would become known as the "Bridgegate" scandal, telling reporters in jest, "I worked the cones"
On December 1 of 1903
The ten-minute long silent film "The Great Train Robbery" is released. It was directed and photographed by Edwin S. Porter, a former Thomas Edison Co. cameraman. and shot at various New Jersey locations, including Milltown, Dover, West Orange, Essex County Park and along the Lackawanna railroad. it is considered the first major audience film success and the first with narratives and jump cuts.
World War I era post card
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"...God is from New Jersey,
He brought the whole house down,
West Virginia's almost heaven,
But Bayonne's God's home town..."
Seamus Kennedy, "God Is From New Jersey," Gransha Music
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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