Chronology

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1964 Construction is complete on the first four Horizon House buildings, the first high-rise construction in Fort Lee.
1944 Fire at Palisades Amusement Park kills 7 and injures 150. $1 million worth of damage to the Park.
1940 Forty one family homes erected on Whiteman Street between Gerome Avenue and Lemoine Avenue.  Designs include Cape Cod, Georgian, English and Colonial.
1940 Artist Henry Schnakenberg completed four colorful murals depicting Fort Lee history for the Fort Lee Post Office.
1936 Riviera nightclub atop the Palisades burns down.  It is rebuilt and opened the following year.
1933 Mayor and council vote to authorize the State Municipal Finance Commission to help the borough to get out from it’s 4 million dollar debt.
1931 George Washington Bridge opens to traffic.
1927 Construction starts on George Washington Bridge.
1920 Movie strike in Fort Lee.
1919 General Pershing comes to town.
1916 Lewis Selznick establishes Selznick Picture Corp. and uses Solax Studios for filming. Goldwyn Pictures Corporation founded. Artcraft and Famous Players founded and use Peerless Studio in Fort Lee.
1915 Universal opens new studios.
1914 World Pictures founded. William Fox starts his film company and uses Willat studios in Fort Lee.
1912 Universal Film Manufacturing company formed. Eclair and Champion are combined in new company. Florence Lawrence, The Biograph Girl founds the Victor Film Company. Alice Guy Blache and her husband Herbert build $100,000 studio in Fort Lee. Peerless builds studios on Lewis Street.
1911 Eclair studios are built.
1910 The Fort Lee Athletic Club holds its first meeting at Schlossers Hall.
1909 Palisade section is added to Fort Lee Borough.  Champion Studio established in Coytesville. Mary Pickford makes her film debut in Violin Maker of Cremona filmed in Fort Lee.
1908 Monument to the Soldiers and Sailors of the American Revolution is erected.
1907 Edwin S. Porter films the Eagle’s Nest on the Palisades.
1904 Borough of Fort Lee is incorporated. It includes the sections of Coytesville and Leonia Heights. John C. Abbott is elected Mayor.
1888 Fort Lee Law and order society raids dog fight and arrests 9.
1880 Fort Lee population is 1424. Coytesville has 424 persons.
1879 The Academy of the Holy Angels is established.
1874 Property of Lyman Allyn, deceased is auctioned in Fort Lee.  His property comprised the western side of Palisade Avenue from Main Street to south of Pond Park and south of Pond Park to Parker Avenue.
1859 Madonna Church is built.
1843 School at Fort Lee has 52 students.
1776 Fort Constitution constructed on Palisades. The name was later changed to Fort Lee. On November 20th British troops crossed the Hudson and Washington’s army retreated.
1693 Hackensack township created by act of the General Assembly. This township includes what is now known as Fort Lee.

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