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School children placing flowers on the graves of World War I servicemen

Memorial Day 1920 Brings a Changing of the Guard

May 29, 2017

In 1920, veterans groups played an active role in orchestrating Memorial Day observances in towns across Connecticut. As had been... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Emergence of Modern America, Everyday Life, War and Defense, World War I

First Meetinghouse in Hartford

The Free Consent of the People: Thomas Hooker and the Fundamental Orders

May 28, 2017

Government formed with the consent of the people was a radical idea in the age of nations ruled by monarchs, emperors, and tsars.  …[more]

Categories: Colonization and Settlement, Hartford, Politics and Government, Thomas Hooker, Wethersfield, Windsor

An English woodcut of a Witch

Alse Young Executed for Witchcraft – Today in History: May 26

May 26, 2017

On May 26, 1647, Alse Young of Windsor was the first person on record to be executed for witchcraft in... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Belief, Crime and Punishment, Hartford, Law, Wethersfield, Windsor

Chester Bowles

Governor Chester Bowles Dies – Today in History: May 25

May 25, 2017

On May 25, 1986, Chester Bowles, a Connecticut governor, Congressional representative, ambassador, and author, died in Essex, Connecticut. Bowles was... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Essex, Politics and Government

Detail of Guilford and Long Island

Stealth Attack from Guilford Launched – Today in History: May 23

May 23, 2017

On May 23, 1777, Colonel Return Jonathan Meigs launched a lightning raid from Sachem Head in Guilford on Sag Harbor... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Guilford, Revolutionary War, War and Defense

Benjamin Dutton Beecher had a Penchant for Invention

May 22, 2017

Benjamin Dutton Beecher was a millwright and machinist with a knack for invention. Described by some as “eccentric,” Beecher lived... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Expansion and Reform, Invention and Technology, Prospect

Setting Speed Limits – Today in History: May 21

May 21, 2017

On May 21, 1901, Connecticut passed An Act Regulating the Speed of Motor Vehicles. Connecticut was the first state in... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Emergence of Modern America, Law, Transportation

Abraham Davenport

Dark Day – Today in History: May 19

May 19, 2017

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, 2017

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

Moodus, Town of East Haddam

Largest Earthquake in Connecticut – Today in History: May 16

May 16, 2017

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

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