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Collision on the Housatonic Railroad near Bridgeport

Horror on the Housatonic: The Railroad Disaster of August 1865

August 14, 2018

Despite measures to ensure the safe operation of railroad trains traveling in opposite directions on single-track lines, things sometimes went wrong—with deadly results. …[more]

Categories: Disaster, Transportation

Discovery of mastodon bones on the farm of Ms. Theodate Riddle

Mastodon Bones Unearthed – Today in History: August 13

August 13, 2018

On August 13, 1913, workmen unearthed the skeleton of a mastodon, in Farmington, while digging a trench on Alfred A.... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Exploration and Discovery, Farmington, Science, Theodate Pope Riddle

The Stonington Battle Flag

The Stonington Battle Flag

August 10, 2018

On August 10, 1814, during a lull in the attack by the British on Stonington, citizens nailed a large US flag–a banner of defiance–to a pole above the battery. …[more]

Categories: Revolution and the New Nation, Stonington, War and Defense, War of 1812

Downed tree after the tornado at Wallingford

The Great Wallingford Tornado – Today in History: August 9

August 9, 2018

On August 9, 1878, a tornado swept from west to east across the northern part of Wallingford. The most destructive... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Disaster, Wallingford, Weather

David Bacon

Home Missionary Society’s First Missionary – Today in History: August 7

August 7, 2018

On August 7, 1800, David Bacon, a native of Woodstock and a minister with the Home Missionary Society of Connecticut,... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Belief, Woodstock

USS Nautilus

USS Nautilus Passes Under North Pole – Today in History: August 3

August 3, 2018

On August 3, 1958, the USS Nautilus (SSN-571) made history by becoming the first ship to pass underneath the North... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Groton, Invention and Technology, War and Defense

Wallace Stevens

Poet Wallace Stevens Dies – Today in History: August 2

August 2, 2018

On August 2, 1955, the great American poet Wallace Stevens died at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford. He was 75... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Hartford, Literature

Mrs. Lydia H. Sigourney

Miss Huntley’s School Opens – Today in History: August 1

August 1, 2018

On August 1, 1814, a young teacher named Lydia Huntley opened a school for young women in Hartford. Daniel Wadsworth,... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Education, Hartford, Literature, Women

Connecticut’s “Woodstock” Canceled – Today in History: July 30

July 30, 2018

On July 30, 1970, Louis Zemel, the owner of Powder Ridge Ski Area in Middlefield had to tell a crowd... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Middlefield, Popular Culture

Civil War Sanitary Commission

Sanitary Fair – Today in History: July 25

July 25, 2018

On July 25, 1864, the Stamford Ladies Soldiers’ Aid Society held a Sanitary Fair. Sanitary Fairs were established in response... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Health and Medicine, Stamford, War and Defense, Women

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