What was the most newsworthy event to happen in your county (or equivalent)

Just like the title says. I’m sure those of you that live in big urban areas like NYC or LA will have trouble coming up with a “most” but many of us live away from those areas. What happened in the history of your area that got national coverage, international coverage, or in the history books?

I currently live in Hunterdon County New Jersey. I would say it’s pretty clear that the number one news story in the history of the county is the Lindbergh kidnapping and the subsequent Bruno Hauptmann trial. Easily the crime and trial of the century. Probably the first large scale modern media circus.

The attempted assassination of Vernon Jordan.

I’m in LA. The first things that came to mind were the major quakes, OJ and the two riots. But perhaps the biggest national/international story here would be the assasination of Robert Kennedy.

Middlesex County, Massachusetts. The American Revolutionary War started here, which was probably all over CNN back then.

Rotterdam was bombed by the Nazis on May 14, 1940. The Dutch capitulated the following morning.

There is still a small village of emergency housing on the outskirts of town.

Probably the most newsworthy thing people are likely to remember, I think?

Where I live now:
Hudson Country, NJ - Hurricane Sandy
Where I grew up:
Fairfield County, CT - Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting

For NYC, I’m pretty sure 9/11 is the most newsworthy.

The tallest man who ever lived came from my county. (I live on the border between Madison and St. Clair counties in IL, so I consider them both “mine”.)

The East St. Louis Riot of 1917 was one of the worst in US History.

The largest pre-Columbian civilization in North America was based here.

The Mississippi River Festival was held for a dozen years at my alma mater. Bob Dylan and The Band played there in 1969, it was Dylan’s first live show after his infamous 1966 motorcycle accident.

I’m sure there’s more.

There was an earthquake in San Francisco on April 18, 1906.

Pilgrims landed in Plimoth in 1620.

The Cuyahoga River, in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, was so polluted in 1969 that it actually caught fire.

Weehawken: Aaron Burr kills the guy on the $10 bill.

I live around the corner from the church they built in the Netherlands while they were here, before they left. There’s a nice brewery next door now. There, two more things! :smiley:

University of Michigan is here in Ann Arbor (Washtenaw County), and so we end up in the news from time to time. The most recent thing I can recall is the supreme court ruling against affirmative action in admissions.

Milo Radulovich was a resident of nearby Dexter. in 1953 he was branded a communist sympathizer and stripped of his USAF comission; the subsequent legal case and national publicity marked the beginning of the end for McCarthyism.

jonbenet Ramsey’s murder.

She would have turned 24 two days ago. :eek:

Oregon State Hospital, Marion County, Oregon. Famous for being the main location used in filming “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” in 1975.

Victoria, Texas – May 15, 2003. 19 illegal immigrants locked in a truck, die from the heat.

West Chester, OHIO - Home of the current Speaker of the House, John Boehner.

Hmm, what else…We’ve got an IKEA and a Bass Pro Shop is coming soon!

Probably the riot in 1964.

If you’re going by the county I grew up in, then it’s probably the Battle of Valcour Island in 1776.

Along the same line (although I’m sure its not really the most newsworthy event): Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe made their last film here.

I grew up in New Haven County, Connecticut. There perhaps the most newsworthy or notorious event is almost certainly the home invasion and subsequent murders of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters (the father survived).