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On January 28 of 1915
The US Coast Guard is created by an Act of Congress, combining the Life Saving Service and the Revenue Cutter Service. The Life Saving Service had been established in 1848 with the signing of the Newell Act named for its chief advocate, New Jersey Congressman William A. Newell. Under this act, the Congress appropriated $10,000 to establish unmanned lifesaving stations along the New Jersey coast south of New York Harbor and to provide "surf boat, rockets, cannonades and other necessary apparatus for the better preservation of life and property from shipwreck on the coast of New Jersey."
On January 27 of 1880
Thomas Edison of Menlo Park receives U.S. Patent No. 223,898, which was simply titled “Electric Lamp.”
On January 26 of 1931
Former New Jersey Governor Edward I. Edwards dies after shooting himself in his apartment in Jersey City. Edwards was elected Governor as a Democrat in 1919 after running what was called his "Applejack Campaign" opposing enforcement in the state of Prohibition against the sale of alcoholic beverages and later was elected to the US Senate, serving a single term from 1923 to 1929. His suicide followed his defeat for re-election to the Senate and the death of his wife in 1928, his loss of substantial assets in the 1929 stock market collapse, and a falling-out with his former political mentor Jersey City Mayor Frank Hague marking the end of his political career.
On January 25 of 1821
The Hudson River freezes solid during the coldest winter in forty-one years. Thousands of persons walk across the ice between New York City and New Jersey, and refreshment taverns are set up in the middle of the river to warm pedestrians.
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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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