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5 Fun Facts About February 19 In New Jersey History

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1. On February 19, 1807, Aaron Burr, former Vice President of the United States, was arrested in what is now Weehawken, New Jersey for his involvement in a conspiracy to create a new country in the southern United States and Mexico.

2. In 1934, the famous columnist and writer Dorothy Parker was born in Long Branch, New Jersey. She was known for her wit and sharp tongue, and was a member of the Algonquin Round Table of writers and intellectuals.

3. On February 19, 1981, a major snowstorm hit the state of New Jersey, dumping several inches of snow and snarling traffic throughout the region. The storm caused significant damage and disruption, but also brought many families together for a day of sledding and snowball fights.

4. In 1846, the New Jersey Railroad was chartered by the state government. This railroad helped to connect New Jersey to the rest of the country and played a key role in the development of the state's transportation infrastructure.

5. On February 19, 1945, a small aircraft crashed into the Empire State Building in New York City, killing all three people aboard the plane and eleven people in the building. The accident was caused by heavy fog and poor visibility, and led to significant changes in aviation regulations and building safety codes.
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