• The Capital Region was the birthplace of numerous notables including actor/activist/scholar Paul Robeson, Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and  Samuel A. Alito, Jr., basketball star Dennis Rodman, General Norman Schwarzkopf, football star Troy Vincent, comedian Ernie Kovacs and authors Janet Evanovich (Stephanie Plum detective series) and Ann Martin (Babysitters Club Series).
  • During the Revolutionary War, George Washington’s troops fought more battles in New Jersey than in any of the other 13 colonies.
  • Princeton was the capital of the country in 1783 when the Continental Congress sat in session at Princeton University's Nassau Hall. Trenton was once the capital of the United States – in November and December, 1784.
  • The first intercollegiate football game was played between Princeton University and Rutgers University on November 6, 1869. Rutgers beat Princeton 6-4.
  • The first professional basketball game was played in Trenton in 1896.
  • Red Cross founder Clara Barton taught for two years at the Cedarville Road Schoolhouse in East Windsor, Mercer County.
  • Mercer County has protected more than 8,400 acres of open space for recreational use.
  • A Princeton University flag is planted on the moon. It was put there by astronaut Charles “Pete” Conrad, a 1953 graduate of Princeton University on November 19, 1969. Conrad was the third person to walk on the moon.
  • The world-famous slogan “Trenton Makes, The World Takes” was adopted by the City of Trenton during the 1920s to highlight Trenton's leading position in the manufacturing of steel, rubber, wire rope, linoleum and ceramics.
  • Mercer County – West Windsor Township to be precise -- has the dubious honor of being the spot where the Martians landed during Orson Welles’ infamous 1938 “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast.