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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 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 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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May 16: Largest Earthquake in Connecticut History

 

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May 17: Connecticut Vietnam Memorial Unveiled in Coventry

 

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May 18: Composer Leroy Anderson Dies in Woodbury

 

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May 21: First Speed Limit Law in the United States

 

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May 22: Washington and Rochambeau Plan Yorktown Campaign in Wethersfield

 

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May 23: New Polio Vaccine Distributed Across Connecticut

 

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May 24: The First Steam-Powered Ship to Cross the Atlantic

 

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May 25: Chester Bowles: Connecticut’s Civil Rights-Era Governor

 

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May 28: Preparing Connecticut Women for Full Citizenship

 

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May 29: Revolutionary War Hero Israel Putnam Dies in Brooklyn

 

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May 30: 12,000 Union Workers in Bridgeport Mobilize to Support Strikers

 

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May 31: Thomas Hooker Speaks on Free Government

 

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June 1: The Nation’s Oldest Public Art Museum Established

 

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June 4: Connecticut Passes the Nation’s First “Lemon Law”

 

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June 5: “Registration Day” for the Great War

 

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June 6: A Connecticut Family’s Joint Contribution on D-Day

 

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June 7: Establishing a Constitutional Right to Privacy

 

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June 8: John Adams Writes of Connecticut’s Natural Beauty

 

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June 11: The Nation’s First Hospice Facility

 

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June 12: Celebrating Meriden’s Centennial

 

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June 13: Senator Thomas Dodd Censured

 

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June 14: President Truman Dedicates the World’s First Nuclear Submarine

 

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June 15: Honoring Gladys Tantaquidgeon of the Mohegan Tribe

 

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June 18: The Nation’s Oldest Municipal Rose Garden in Bloom

 

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June 19: CT Troops Patrol the Mexican Border

 

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June 20: End of the Line for the Naugatuck Valley Trolley

 

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June 21: Governor John Rowland Resigns

 

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June 22: The Murder of Elias Boudinot

 

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June 25: Marilyn Monroe Takes Connecticut By Storm

 

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June 26: Educator Sarah Pierce Born in Litchfield

 

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June 27: Prudence Crandall Arrested for Teaching “Little Misses of Color”

 

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June 28: Mianus River Bridge Collapses

 

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June 29: Governor Signs Bill Requiring History in Schools

 

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July 2: Connecticut Refuses to Fight in War of 1812

 

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July 3: Charlotte Perkins Gilman Born in Hartford

 

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July 4: Delegates Selected for Connecticut’s New State Constitution

 

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July 5: New Haven’s New State House

 

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July 6: The Hartford Circus Fire

 

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July 9: “The Year Without a Summer”

 

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July 10: “Connecticut’s Worst Tornado Outbreak”

 

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July 11: “The Voyage of the Neptune”

 

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July 12: “Buckminster Fuller’s Car of the Future”

 

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July 16: The “Connecticut Compromise” Saves the U.S. Constitution

 

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July 17: The First Annual Nutmeg Games

 

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July 18: Hammonasset State Park Opens to the Public

 

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July 19: The American Impressionist Movement Blooms in Ridgefield

 

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July 20: Reverend Sun Myung Moon Arrested in Danbury

 

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July 23: Schick Patents a New Safety Razor

 

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July 24: Hiram Bingham III “Finds” Machu Picchu

 

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July 25: The Carpenters Top the Charts

 

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July 26: The “Wide Awakes” Rally for Abraham Lincoln in Hartford

 

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July 27: The Connecticut River Becomes an “American Heritage River”

 

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July 30: Powder Ridge: The Epic Rock Concert That Never Was

 

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July 31: All Aboard the Branford Trolley Line

 

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August 1: “Base Ball” in 19th-Century Hartford

 

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August 2: The Last Public Hanging in Connecticut

 

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August 3: Connecticut Chooses its Delegates for First Continental Congress

 

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August 6: Dale Earnhardt Smokes the Competition in Stafford

 

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August 7: Statewide Strikes Bring Connecticut to a Halt

 

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August 8: The Shoe Box Murder of 1886

 

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August 9: The Worst Tornado in Connecticut History

 

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August 10: World Premiere of “Annie” in East Haddam

 

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August 13: Daniel Bissell Becomes a Spy for the Continental Army

 

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August 14: Aviation Pioneer Gustave Whitehead Flies Into History

 

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August 15: Connecticut State Parks Centennial Celebration

 

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August 16: Mary Hall, Connecticut’s First Female Lawyer

 

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August 17: Suffragist Catherine Flanagan Arrested for Picketing

 

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August 20: John Fitch Shows Off America’s First Steamboat

 

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August 21: The Charter Oak Falls

 

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August 22: Hartford Hosts the First Presidential Car Ride

 

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August 23: Famous Aviator Wiley Post Visits Connecticut

 

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August 24: Capture of the Slave Ship Amistad

 

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August 27: First Chemotherapy Treatment in the United States

 

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August 28: John Hancock Gets Married in Fairfield

 

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August 29: America’s First Self-Regulating Windmill

 

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August 30: The UConn Huskies’ First Football Game at Rentschler Field

 

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August 31: Glenna Collett Vare Wins Record 6th Golf Championship

 

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September 3: Lafayette Returns to Connecticut on his American Tour

 

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September 4: The USS Everett Larson Honors A Brave Connecticut Marine

 

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September 5: Lead-foot Celebrities on the Merritt Parkway

 

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September 6: Benedict Arnold’s Deadly Raid on New London and Groton

 

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September 7: ESPN Goes Live from Bristol

 

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September 10: Boxing Sensation Willie Pep K.O.s the Competition

 

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September 11: 9/11 Terrorist Attacks Hit Close to Home

 

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September 12: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Transformative Summer in Simsbury

 

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September 13: Union General John Sedgwick Born in Cornwall

 

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September 14: Connecticut Ratifies the 19th Amendment

 

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September 17: Soldiers & Sailors Arch Dedicated in Hartford

 

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September 18: Twain Becomes a Mark for Local Thieves

 

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