New Jersey History Timeline
Liberty and Prosperity
Verrazano explores the Jersey coast
Hudson explores Newark Bay
Bergen, now Jersey City, becomes the first permanent town in New Jersey
The British take control of New Jersey from the Dutch
Princeton University is established
The Old Barracks in Trenton is built
Rutgers University is founded
Trenton briefly serves as the nation's capital
Princeton briefly serves as the nation's capital
N.J.'s first newspaper, the New Jersey Gazette, issues its first edition
New Jersey is the third state to ratify the U.S. Constitution
New Jersey is the first state to sign the Bill of Rights
New Jersey adopts its second state constitution
Thomas Edison opens laboratories in Menlo Park
Edison invents a practical incandescent lamp
Roselle is the first U.S. town to be lighted by electricity
New Jersey Governor Woodrow Wilson is elected President of the U.S.
The Holland Tunnel Opens
The New Jersey Turnpike Opens
The New Jersey population in the 2000 Census is 8,414,350
New Jersey preserves a record 20,000 acres of farmland.
A beluga whale swims up the Delaware River to Trenton, more than 100 miles from the Atlantic Ocean.
Governor Corzine signs bill to eliminate the death penalty.