|1990: Trenton enters the Palmer era
Doug Palmer, after years of patiently waiting for his chance, fulfills his parents' dream of him as Trenton's first black mayor.
1991: Earl Hill
Nine months after America saw the L.A. cops beating Rodney King, 6-foot-8 Trenton officer Earl Hill smacks around a guy while a video camera rolls.
1992: Dan Quayle's spelling bee
The vice president of the United States spells "potato" wrong during a media event at a Trenton school, a gaffe that haunts him through the coming campaign.
1993: A 350-year-old problem -- solved!
A shy and secretive Princeton genius fulfills his life's ambition -- and the dreams of countless mathematicians -- by cracking a 17th-century puzzle known as "Fermat's last theorem."
1994: And the Thunder rolls
Sam Plumeri Sr. puts his money where his dream is and brings professional baseball back to Trenton for the first time in almost 50 years.
New Jersey's first woman governor is popular with moderate Republicans across the U.S., who view her
-- temporarily -- as presidential or vice-presidential timber.
1996: The biggest blizzard
In 37 hours of nonstp snow, Greater Trenton is paralyzed under a white blanker two feet thick. It's the storm today's children will tell their grandchildren about.
1997: Justice for Megan
The murder of the 7-year-old Hamilton girl by a convicted molester who lives across the street creates Mercer's trial of the century and leads to neighborhood notification laws.
1998: Snake eyes at the Baron
Hamilton's dirty little secret is exposed when state troopers raid a social club known for its charity work and discover it's also a casino frequented by the town's political elite.
1999: Profile of controversy
State authorities concede that troopers have been stopping motorists based on their race, stirring racial protest on the eve of a key Trenton referendum on who controls the local police department.