It Happened in New Jersey

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It Happened in New Jersey features 30 fascinating events from the Garden State's remarkable and unusual history. Learn the truth behind the Hindenburg disaster; America's first real baseball game; Aaron Burr's and Alexander Hamilton's infamous duel; how drive-in movies, Teflon, the world's largest glass bottle, and daylight savings time came into existence; the Lindbergh baby kidnapping; and the reign of the mysterious and fearsome Jersey Devil.

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It Happened in New Jersey features 30 fascinating events from the Garden State's remarkable and unusual history. Learn the truth behind the Hindenburg disaster; America's first real baseball game; Aaron Burr's and Alexander Hamilton's infamous duel; how drive-in movies, Teflon, the world's largest glass bottle, and daylight savings time came into existence; the Lindbergh baby kidnapping; and the reign of the mysterious and fearsome Jersey Devil.

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From the discovery of the bones of a dinosaur who lived 65 million years ago to the 1992 Guinness Book of Records creation of a 7' 8" tall clear glass bottle, It Happened in New Jersey bounces happily through five centuries of the state's history. The topics of the 30 six-to-seven-page chapters range from ghosts and devils (the NHL hockey team has its name for a reason) to Nast's first drawing of Santa Claus, from escapes from Indian attacks to death on the Hindenburg, from the blizzard of 1888 to the fire that almost destroyed Paterson in 1902. Some of the events are well known: the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby; the creation of a gambling Mecca in Atlantic City. Others have been less publicized: a 1916 explosion on the Jersey side of New York Harbor that was actually a German terrorist attack; the Nobel Prize-winning research that led to the validation of the "Big Bang" theory of the origin of the universe. Smoothly written, the book is also brightened by touches of humor. As in others of this series, there is a bibliography and a considerable "Potpourri of New Jersey Facts." The publishers have, however, failed to include a single map to aid the reader. KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2004, Globe Pequot, 211p. bibliog. index., Ages 12 to adult.
—Patricia Moore
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762723584
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2003
  • Series: It Happened In Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.38 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Freelance writer and comedienne Fran Capo has appeared on more than 250 television shows, including Total Request Live, Dog Eat Dog, The Weakest Link, and Ripley's Believe It or Not. She is the co-creator of the world's first cybersitcom, The Estrogen Files: Money, Men and Motherhood, and co-author of Globe Pequot's It Happened in New York. Fran is also the Guinness Book of World Records' Fastest Talking Female. She lives in Howard Beach, New York.

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