Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Happy Birthday, New Jersey!

Today is the anniversary of the day New Jersey ratified the Constitution, becoming the third member of these United States of America.
Date of Admittance:December 18, 1787

Parentage: The name "New Jersey" is another example of the uniquely American idea of going someplace and naming it after your hometown by throwing a "New" in front of it. In this case, the state was named after the British island of Jersey.

Place in the Family 
Number 3
Pennsylvania beat NJ by a few days (12-12-87) 
and was quickly followed by Georgia (1-2-88). 
Oddly enough, however, NJ is NOT the last state in the month of December

"Liberty & Prosperity"
Definitely has an American Revolution ring to it, eh?

The Garden State
Believe it or not, New Jersey has plenty of beautiful parks and beaches. The image of "the poor man's New York" was popularized by....you guessed it...New Yorkers.

On the License Plate 
"The Garden State" 

State Flag 
A "buff" colored banner with the state seal in the center.
I have seen some images in yellow and some in brown. "Buff" refers to hides, so the flag should be a light leather color. I bet you didn't know that! 

First City You Probably Think of 
When You Think "New Jersey" 
Actual State Capital:Trenton
State Size (Area) is 47th of 50
Population is closer to 9th of 50
(per 2000 Census figures)

New Jersey Sports: 
NFL (New York Giants)*

NFL (New York Jets)*

*(although the teams' names are "New York,"
both teams' home stadium is in New Jersey)
NHL (New Jersey Devils)

Anybody From New Jersey
Ever Grow Up To Be President?
President Grover Cleveland is unique in US history because he is the only man to be elected to two NON-consecutive terms! He was elected as No. 22, then lost to No. 23 Benjamin Harrison, then came back and was re-elected, officially as No. 24

Also, President Woodrow Wilson, No. 28, although he was born in Virginia, was President of Princeton and then Governor of NJ from 1902-1913.  

Musical New Jersians
Count Basie
"April in Paris" 

Frank Sinatra
"Strangers In The Night"

The Four Seasons
"Big Girls Don't Cry"

Bruce Springsteen
"Streets of Philadelphia" 

Bon Jovi
"You Give Love A Bad Name"

Whitney Houston
"I Will Always Love You"

 Lauryn Hill
"Killing Me Softly"  

Queen Latifah
"Ladies First"

Other Historical New Jersians
Alfred Kinsey
Sex Researcher

Allen Ginsberg

Buzz Aldrin
2nd Man On The Moon

Richard Hooker

Antonin Scalia
US Supreme Court Justice

Samuel Alito
US Supreme Court Justice

Martha Stewart
Famous Food & Home Expert

Celebrities From New Jersey 
Abbott & Costello

Ernie Kovacs 

Jerry Lewis
comedian, actor, director

Sherwood Schwartz & Natalie Schafer
"Gilligan's Island" 

Roy Scheider
actor, "Jaws"

Meryl Streep
Academy Award winning actress
Loretta Swit
actress, "MASH"

Michael Douglas
Academy Award winning actor

Richard Anderson
actor, "The Six Million Dollar Man"
and "The Bionic Woman"

John Amos
actor, "Coming To America"

John Travolta
actor, "Grease"

Ron Carey
actor, "Barney Miller"

Danny DeVito
actor, "Twins"

Joe Pesci
Academy Award winning actor

Jason Alexander
actor, "Seinfeld" 

Shaquille O'Neal
NBA super-star

Jay & Silent Bob
actors, dude!

Nathan Lane
actor, "The Producers"

Zach Braff

James Gandolfi
actor, "The Sopranos"

John DiMaggio
voice actor, "Futurama"

graphic artist & writer

A Song For You.... 
"I Love This Town" 
written & sung by Bon Jovi
(the only way this video would be better
would be if it featured scenes of 
New Jersey!) 

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