CFP EXTENDED: The Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association Conference, Aug. 3-5, 2017

The CFP deadline for the PCB-AHA Conference 2017 has been extended to February 15, 2017. The conference will be held at California State University, Northridge on August 3-5, 2017.

The Program Committee for the 2017 Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association (PCB–AHA) 110th annual meeting invites proposals for panels, papers, roundtables, and workshops that relate to the general theme, “Seeing History: Traces and Representations of the Past.”

Today in New Jersey history - April 7

[From author Joseph Bilby]

April 7, 1880: The American Society of Mechanical Engineers was founded at Assembly Hall at Stevens Institute in Hoboken.

April 7, 1933: As prohibition came to an end, breweries were allowed to reopen and sell 3.2 percent alcohol-by-volume beer. The only New Jersey breweries ready to go into production on that day were Krueger’s in Newark and Hauck’s in Harrison. Krueger’s, founded in Newark in 1858, was sold in 1961 and the brewery closed.

Today in New Jersey history - March 28


[From author Joseph Bilby]

March 28, 1931: As Prohibition agents began to dismantle a thousand gallon capacity liquor still on Vermont Avenue in Lawrence Township, it exploded, seriously injuring five of the agents. Trenton firemen called to the scene expressed the view that the explosion was the result of “a bomb left in the building.”

Today in New Jersey history - March 1



[From author Joseph Bilby]

March 1, 1920: Dr. Harvey Washington Wiley testified before a joint committee of the New Jersey state legislature considering a bill that would allow the sale of 2.75% alcohol beer as “non-intoxicating” in accordance with the Volstead Act. Wiley advised the chagrined legislators that 2.75% beer was indeed “intoxicating.”

March 1, 1932: Twenty month old Charles A. Lindbergh Jr. was kidnapped from his home in Hopewell, New Jersey, between 8 and 10 pm.

Today in New Jersey history - December 5


[From author Joe Bilby]

December 5, 1777: The New Jersey Gazette, the state’s first newspaper, printed its first edition in Burlington.

December 5, 1863: The Steamboat Isaac Newton, sailing from Manhattan to Albany, exploded in the Hudson River off Fort Lee. Nearby ships and rowboats from the shore came to the rescue before the boat burned to the waterline. The final casualty total was thirteen dead and five missing, presumed dead, out of more than 130 passengers and crew on board.


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