Over a 10-day period during July 1916, five shark attacks occurred along the New Jersey shore. Four of the victims died and the fifth was seriously injured. This extraordinary cluster of attacks was almost certainly the inspiration for JAWS and is among the most notorious events in the long and grim history of shark-human interactions.  
but of course you knew this if you've been watching [SHARK WEEK]
Max Webster: Except for the fact that the 2 hour show could easily been cut to 1 hour if they didn't recap ad naseum after every commercial break, it was one of the best things I have ever seen on Discovery.