1: Between 80.5 and 78.5 million years ago, the Hadrosaurus roamed New Jersey. It is now our official "State Dinosaur"!

2: Originally chartered as Queen's College on November 10, 1766, Rutgers University is the eighth-oldest college in the United States and one of the nine "Colonial Colleges" founded before the American Revolution.

3: On the night of December 2526, 1776, George Washington led a surprise attack across the Delaware River from Pennsylvania against Hessian forces at Trenton, New Jersey.

4: When Europeans first arrived in New Jersey, they encountered the Lenape native people.

5: Richard Stockton (October 1, 1730 February 28, 1781) was an American lawyer, jurist, legislator, and a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

6: On March 30, 1870 Thomas Mundy Peterson became the first African-American to vote under the Fifteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution when he cast a ballot in a Perth Amboy referendum on the city charter.

7: Many of the inventions of Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 October 18, 1931) were first made in Menlo Park and West Orange, NJ.

8: John Bull is a British-built railroad steam locomotive operated from 1833 until 1866 for the Camden and Amboy Railroad, the first railroad in NJ.

9: Lucy the Elephant is a six-story elephant- shaped building constructed in 1881 by James V. Lafferty in Margate City, Atlantic County, in an effort to sell real estate and attract tourists.

10: Though associated with NY, Lady Liberty is actually a Jersey girl! The Statue of Liberty stands on an island over the border in NJ.

11: Joyce Kilmer (December 6, 1886 July 30, 1918) was an NJ writer and poet mainly remembered for a short poem titled "Trees"  (1913).

12: Alice Stokes Paul (January 11, 1885 July 9, 1977) was an American suffragist, feminist, and women's rights activist. Her work contributed to passage of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920.

13: The German airship Hindenburg, the largest of the type, was destroyed when it exploded while landing at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in Manchester Township, NJ on May 6, 1937, killing 36 people.

14: Before becoming President in 1913, Woodrow Wilson served as President of Princeton University and Governor of NJ.

15: John Basilone  (November 4, 1916 February 19, 1945) was a US Marine Gunnery Sergeant who received the Medal of Honor, for heroism during the Battle of Guadalcanal.

16: The New Jersey Turnpike completed in 1951 was the first super highway in the state.

17: Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra (December 12, 1915 May 14, 1998) - also known as Ol' Blue Eyes, The Chairman of the Board, or simply, The Voice, was born in Hoboken, NJ.

18: Louis Francis Cristillo (March 6, 1906 March 3, 1959), known by the stage name Lou Costello was born in Paterson, NJ, He was half of the popular comedy act of Abbott and Costello with Bud Abbott (October 2, 1897 April 24, 1974) who was born in Asbury Park, NJ.