More New Jersey stuff.
First college football game
Every Saturday in the fall, college sports fans across America take up a tradition that got its start here. New Brunswick was the site for the first intercollegiate football game on November 6, 1869. Rutgers University beat Princeton by a score of 6-4.
First organized baseball game
Elysian Field in Hoboken was the site of the first organized game of baseball. The New York Nine beat the Knickerbockers by a score of 23-1 on June 19, 1846.
First pro basketball game
There were pro basketball players here long before the New Jersey Nets. The first professional championship basketball season was held in Trenton in 1898 - 1899.
First bulb, phonograph, and movie
Talk about a bright idea: The first incandescent lamp was made by Thomas A. Edison in 1879 in Menlo Park, where he also invented the first phonograph in 1877. In 1889, Edison developed the first motion picture in West Orange.
First town to be lighted
It didn't take long to put Edison's lamp to work. Roselle became the first town in the nation to be lighted by electricity in 1883.
First "condensed" soup
Mmm, mmm good! The first "condensed" soup was cooked and canned in Camden County in 1897-which became the famous Campbell's Soup.
First cranberry sauce
One day, Elizabeth Lee of New Egypt, a cranberry grower in South Jersey, decided to boil some damaged berries instead of throwing them away. She liked the tasty jelly so much she started a business selling "Bog Sweet Cranberry Sauce." That was the beginning of the Ocean Spray company that still sells cranberry products today!
First boardwalk and saltwater taffy
The world's first boardwalk was built in Atlantic City in 1870. Here's another fact to chew on: the first saltwater taffy was produced at the Jersey Shore in the 1870s as well.
First electric guitar
New Jersey rocks! The famous Les Paul invented the first solid body electric guitar in Mahwah in 1940.
First national historic park
In 1933, the first National Historic Park in America was established in Morristown. Today, New Jersey has 38 state parks, 11 state forests, 57 historic sites, 42 natural areas, and three national recreational areas.
This was a good idea that didn't float. The first submarine was built in 1878 by John Holland of Passaic County. It's now on display in the Public Museum in Paterson.
First copper mine
Back in 1640, Dutch settlers opened the first copper mine in America in the Kittatinny Mountains. Copper was an important metal to make materials for the early settlers. Today, you'll not only find copper in pennies, but also in the Statue of Liberty!
Commuting to New York City is a time-honored New Jersey tradition. In fact, the first ferry service in the United States began in 1811, shuttling between Hoboken and Manhattan.
Here's to New Jersey-the toast of the country! In 1642, the first
brewery in America opened in Hoboken.
History students know that Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag, but did you know it was designed by a New Jerseyan? Francis Hopkinson, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, designed the first American flag in 1777.
The area surrounding Princeton New Jersey has the nations highest IQ. The region has an average IQ of 117. That is in fact the average IQ of the world leader Japan.