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Today in Connecticut History

TODAY IN CONNECTICUT HISTORY is a collaboration between the Office of the State Historian and Connecticut Humanities, with support from the Sue B. Hart Foundation.

Every weekday for the next twelve months, you’ll hear a 30 second teaser describing a big/amazing/wonderful/imp vortant event in Connecticut history on WNPR. We’ll be publishing a matching post here on todayincthistory.com every day of the year! Our blog posts will feature more detail and historical context about that day’s featured event, along with vivid imagery and a list Further Reading links and resources for those who want to delve even deeper into Connecticut history.

APRIL:

April 2: Spanish Influenza

 

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April 3: Elias Howe Buys Sewing Machine Patent

 

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April 4: Hartford Riots After MLK Assassination

 

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April 5: Barnum Elected Mayor of Bridgeport

 

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April 6: UConn First School to Win Dual NCAA Basketball Championship

 

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April 9: Abraham Ribicoff Born in New Britain

 

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April 10: David Humphreys Brings Merino Sheep to the U.S.

 

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April 11: New London Sub Base First Opens as Naval Depot

 

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April 12: Invention of the Portable Typewriter

 

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April 13: Birth of Eli Terry, Inventor and Clock Maker

 

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April 16: The Grange Movement in Connecticut

 

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April 17: Businessman and Financier J. P. Morgan Born in Hartford

 

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April 18: Deadly Boxing Match in Waterbury

 

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April 19: Connecticut (Finally) Approves U.S. Bill of Rights

 

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April 20: Connecticut Soldiers Fight at WWI Battle of Seicheprey

 

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April 23: Connecticut’s Worst Construction Disaster: L’Ambiance Plaza

 

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April 24: New Haven Colony Settled in 1638

 

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April 25: Winchester Arms Company Founded in New Haven

 

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April 26: British Troops Attack Danbury, Connecticut

 

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April 27: The Battle of Ridgefield, 1777

 

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April 30: The New England Patriots Back Out of Hartford Stadium Deal

 

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MAY:

May 1: The Pequot War

 

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May 2: Pediatrician Benjamin Spock Born in New Haven

 

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May 3: Connecticut Patriots Receive the First “Purple Hearts”

 

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May 4: Painter Frederic Edwin Church Born in Hartford

 

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May 7: Birth of Edwin Land, Inventor & Founder of Polaroid

 

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May 8: Author and Illustrator Maurice Sendak Dies

 

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May 9: Abolitionist John Brown Born in Torrington

 

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May 10: Connecticans Ethan Allen & Benedict Arnold Capture Fort Ticonderoga

 

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May 11: Connecticut’s Old State House Opens in 1796

 

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May 14: Timothy Dwight IV Born

 

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May 15: Billionaire Leona Helmsley Sent to Prison for Tax Evasion

 

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