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Abraham Davenport

Dark Day – Today in History: May 19

May 19, 2018

On May 19, 1780, a strange darkness fell over much of New England. It was so dark by noon that... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Folklore, Stamford

Courtyard at New-Gate Prison

New-Gate Prison Breakout – Today in History: May 18

May 18, 2018

On May 18, 1781, the largest mass breakout in the history of New-Gate Prison took place. At the time, the... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Crime and Punishment, East Granby, Law

Delivery truck for The Lustron Home

Metal Homes for the Atomic Age

May 17, 2018

Once touted as the house “America has been waiting for,” only a few post-WWII Lustron steel houses remain in Connecticut.  …[more]

Categories: Architecture, Historic Preservation, Popular Culture

Moodus, Town of East Haddam

Largest Earthquake in Connecticut – Today in History: May 16

May 16, 2018

On May 16, 1791, the largest earthquake to shake Connecticut took place in Moodus. Called “Machimoodus,” meaning the place of... Read more » …[more]

Categories: East Haddam, Environment

Gun Wheel of the First Light Battery, Connecticut Volunteers

May 15, 2018

The First Light Battery Connecticut Volunteers took part in numerous battles during the Civil War. A wheel damaged in battle now resides at the Connecticut State Capitol to commemorate the service of this unit. …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Civil War Monuments at the Capitol, Guilford, New Haven, Norwich, Simsbury, War and Defense

Katharine Hepburn, standing on the beach, Fenwick. Hurricane of 1938

Katharine Hepburn Born – Today in History: May 12

May 12, 2018

On May 12, 1907, stage and screen legend Katharine Hepburn was born to Hartford physician Thomas Norval Hepburn and women’s... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Old Saybrook, Popular Culture, Women

Diagram of SS Savannah

Steaming Across the Atlantic

May 11, 2018

New London‘s advantageous location on Long Island Sound made it a center for innovation in the transportation of goods and... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Expansion and Reform, New London, Transportation

First Woman Elected as US State Governor Born – Today in History: May 10

May 10, 2018

On May 10, 1919, Ella Grasso, née Ella Rosa Giovanna Oliva Tambussi, the first woman governor in the US to... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Ella Grasso, Politics and Government, Windsor Locks, Women

John Brown

John Brown Born – Today in History: May 9

May 9, 2018

On May 9, 1800, the man who became a catalyst for the Civil War was born in an 18th-century saltbox... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Civil War, John Brown, Slavery and Abolition, Social Movements, Torrington

Sloan Wilson, the Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, is Born – Today in History: May 8

May 8, 2018

On May 8, 1920, American author Sloan Wilson was born in Norwalk, Connecticut. Readers know Wilson best for his 1955... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Literature, Norwalk, Westport

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