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|MERCER COUNTY'S 10 BIGGEST STORIES OF THE CENTURY
Here are the stories that made the biggest impact in Trenton and beyond during the 1900s.
|2) WAR OF THE WORLDS:
Orson Welles and the rest of the Mercury Theater players tricked America into thinking Martians had landed in West Windsor, in the most famous Halloween prank in history.
|4) TRENTON RIOTS:
Martin Luther King's assassination touched off a wave of racial violence that forever stained the image of New Jersey's capital city.
5) WOODROW WILSON:
The Princeton academic, fresh from cleaning up New Jersey politics as the governor, climbed all the way to president of the U.S.
Her murder by a sex offender who lived across the street in Hamilton horrified parents everywhere and led to new laws to track pedophiles.
Science's greatest genius moved to Princeton after being hounded from Nazi Germany, and inspired a generation of physicists and peace lovers.
The Delaware's worst rampage claimed three lives in the Trenton area and took out two bridges.
8) UPTON SINCLAIR:
The first muckraker turned stomachs and turned Teddy Roosevelt into a believer in food regulation by writing a novel, "The Jungle," at his Princeton Township home.
9) TRENTON SIX:
Six black men from Trenton were sentenced to the electric chair on the most flimsy of evidence before an international crusade helped win them a new trial.
|10) LOVER'S LANE MURDERS:
A madman with a shotgun spreads terror in Hamilton's Duck Island and beyond, killing six people as they neck in parked cars.
|Welcome to the site of capitalcentury.com, the online archive for a 100-part series about the history of the Trenton-Princeton area during the 20th century. As this site is built up, it will recap all the major events that occurred on the local scene -- the Lindbergh kidnapping, the Trenton riots of 1968, the triumphs of the Roebling family, the comedy success of Ernie Kovacs.
All the stories were originally published in The Trentonian between 1998-99 in an award-series conceived and edited by Jon Blackwell. It was written by Blackwell, Paul Mickle (now editor of The Trentonian), Chris Baud, Lauren Black, Dave Neese, Larry O'Rourke, Tom Fernandez and George O'Gorman.
|A FEW MORE OF THE BIGGEST STORIES OF THE 1900s:
1901: The great wreck of the Nellie Bly
1911: The story behind "Trenton Makes, the World Takes"
1926: The wild, wacky failure of Prohibition
1937: Mary Roebling, a Trenton icon
1941: Trentonians tell their war stories
1951: Instant surburbia: It's Levittown
1966: Vietnam hits home in Trenton
1976: Swine flu at Fort Dix creates a national health crisis
1989: Princeton's greatest whodunit: The Cissy Stuart murder
1994: How the Thunder triumphed in Trenton