Waterbury

Can Opener, E. J. Warner, patented January 5, 1858

The First US Can Opener – Today in History: January 5

January 5, 2019

On January 5, 1858, Waterbury native Ezra J. Warner invented the first US can opener. The idea of storing food... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Civil War and Reconstruction, Invention and Technology, Waterbury

The “Red Scare” in Connecticut

November 7, 2018

The Palmer Raids, launched in Connecticut in 1919, were part of the paranoia known as the "Red Scare" that resulted in numerous civil rights violations committed by law enforcement officials. …[more]

Categories: Bridgeport, Crime and Punishment, Emergence of Modern America, Hartford, Manchester, New Britain, New Haven, Social Movements, Waterbury

When the NFL Played in Connecticut: The Hartford Blues

September 26, 2018

In 1926, the Hartford Blues became the first and only NFL team to call Connecticut home. After a disappointing season, the NFL voted them out of the league. …[more]

Categories: East Hartford, Hartford, New Haven, Sports and Recreation, Waterbury

Waterbury Tornado – Today in History: May 24

May 24, 2018

On May 24, 1962, a tornado hit the towns of Waterbury, Wolcott, and Southington. One person was killed by a... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Disaster, Waterbury, Weather

An Orderly & Decent Government: Searching for the Common Good, 1888-1905

April 12, 2018

Stimulated by immigration and industrialization, Connecticut cities expanded rapidly …[more]

Categories: An Orderly & Decent Government, Bridgeport, Hartford, Immigration, Middlefield, New Haven, Norwalk, Politics and Government, The Industrial United States, The State, Waterbury

Excelsior Cutlery

Connecticut Pocketknife Firms

March 7, 2018

Connecticut pocketknife production began around 1840. Over the next two decades, Connecticut became the earliest state to have a burgeoning craft. …[more]

Categories: Bridgeport, Business and Industry, Derby, Meriden, Naugatuck, Salisbury, Thomaston, Torrington, Waterbury, Winchester, Work

Ruins of commercial buildings on Grand Street, Waterbury

Waterbury Burns – Today in History: February 2

February 2, 2018

High Winds Whipped Waterbury Fire On the evening of February 2, 1902, and into the morning of February 3, nearly... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Disaster, Waterbury

The Rise of the Black Panther Party in Connecticut

September 18, 2017

As they did nationally, the Black Panther Party in Connecticut fought for an end to discriminatory legal and regulatory practices, often clashing with authorities to achieve their goals. …[more]

Categories: Bridgeport, Connecticut History Day 2017, Hartford, New Haven, Postwar United States, Social Movements, Stamford, Voluntown, Waterbury

Connecticut Pin Makers

September 16, 2017

For the latter half of the 19th century and for much of the 20th, Connecticut led the nation in pin production. …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Derby, Naugatuck, North Branford, Seymour, Shelton, Waterbury, Winchester

Capitol, Hartford, Connecticut

The State Cantata – Today in History: June 3

June 3, 2017

On June 3, 2003, the Connecticut General Assembly designated The Nutmeg, Homeland of Liberty by Dr. Stanley L. Ralph as... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Arts, Contemporary United States, Waterbury

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