It Happened in New Jersey, 2nd

Overview

From its beginning as a small but sought-after European outpost, New Jersey has played a key role in the establishment and growth of the New World. One of the thirteen original Colonies, New Jersey today is well known for its progressive-minded residents who take pride in their state’s long history. It Happened In New Jersey goes behind the scenes to tell its story, in short episodes that reveal the intriguing people and events that have shaped...

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Overview

From its beginning as a small but sought-after European outpost, New Jersey has played a key role in the establishment and growth of the New World. One of the thirteen original Colonies, New Jersey today is well known for its progressive-minded residents who take pride in their state’s long history. It Happened In New Jersey goes behind the scenes to tell its story, in short episodes that reveal the intriguing people and events that have shaped the Garden State.
 
Learn about John Honeyman, a Patriot spy who risked his life for George Washington’s troops, effectively turning the tide of the American Revolution.
 
Relive the legendary blizzard of 1888, a deadly "perfect storm" of frigid temperatures and historic snowfall that swept in without warning and paralyzed the East Coast for days.
 
Laugh till your sides hurt through a humorous retelling of the 1938 farcical “news” radio broadcast that sent panicked listeners fleeing for their lives from an imaginary alien invasion.
 
Follow the now-famous "Jersey Baboon" as she tweets her adventures while scampering through the yards of unsuspecting neighbors after her escape from a zoo.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762764785
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 8/7/2012
  • Series: It Happened In Series
  • Edition description: Second
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 1,374,056
  • Product dimensions: 13.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Fran Capo is a freelance writer, standup comic, lecturer, and the Guinness Book of World Records' Fastest Talking Female. This Queens College graduate has appeared on more than 248 radio shows and 98 TV shows, including Larry King Live, Entertainment Tonight, and Good Morning America.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Preface ix

In the Beginning-65 Million BC 1

The Mother of Middletown-1645 6

Top Spy for Washington-1776 11

The Rich Ghosts of Morristown-1788 19

Let the Leaders Duke It Out-1804 25

The Incredible Jersey Jumper-1827 32

The First Game-1846 39

Santa Claus Is Born on a Desk in New Jersey-1862 47

Grim Lottery of Death-1864 51

Two Noons over Jersey-1883 58

The Legendary Blizzard-1888 64

Hollywood, New Jersey-1892 74

Great Balls of Fire-1902 79

The Bizarre Bathtub Murder-1909 84

When the Shark Bites-1916 92

Terrorist Attack Blamed on Mosquitoes-1916 105

Under the River and through the Woods-1920 115

Battle of the Century-1921 120

Through the Eyes of a Dog-1929 129

Lindbergh Baby Kidnapped-1932 136

What's Behind This Invention?-1933 142

Lighter Than Air Travel Ends with a Big Bang-1937 147

The Halloween Joke That Scared the Nation-1938 157

The Accidental Invention-1938 165

A Humdinger of an Explosion-1965 169

Lucy's New Home-1970 175

A Roll of the Dice-1978 181

New Jersey's Guinness Record-1992 187

Clever Baboon Twitters Her Escape-2011 192

A Potpourri of New Jersey Facts 199

New Jersey Firsts 204

New Jersey State Symbols 206

Odd New Jersey Laws 207

Famous New Jerseyans 208

Bibliography 212

Internet Sources & Travel Information 214

Index 216

About the Author 221

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