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Connecticut - Historical Events
Date Event
1639-01-14

1st Connecticut constitution (Fundamental Orders) adopted in Hartford, published by Rodger Ludlow

1639-01-24

Connecticut colony organizes under Fundamental Orders

1643-05-19

Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, Connecticut & New Harbor form United Colonies of New England

1644-02-05

1st US livestock branding law passed, by Connecticut

1647-05-26

Alse Young becomes the first person executed as a witch in the American colonies, when she is hanged in Hartford, Connecticut.

1656-10-02

British north American colony of Connecticut passes law against Quakers

1662-04-23

Connecticut chartered as an English colony

1662-05-03

Royal charter granted to Connecticut

1664-12-15

English colonizing Connecticut

1675-11-02

A combined attack by the Plymouth, Rhode Island, Massachusetts Bay and Connecticut colonies attacks the Great Swamp Fort, owned by the Narragansetts during King Philip's War.

1682-06-10

Tornado in Connecticut uproots a 3 ft diameter oak tree

1696-12-07

Connecticut Route 108, one of the oldest highways in the U.S. is completed to Trumbull.

1777-01-15

People of New Connecticut (Vermont) declare independence from England

1788-01-09

Connecticut becomes 5th state

1803-05-22

1st public library opens (Connecticut)

1853-05-06

1st major US rail disaster kills 46 (Norwalk, Connecticut)

1862-02-14

Galena, 1st US iron-clad warship for service at sea, launched, Connecticut

1878-02-21

World's 1st telephone directory issued, 50 subscribers (New Harbor, Connecticut)

1900-07-28

Hamburger created by Louis Lassing in Connecticut

1922-09-20

Franco Ventriglia, Fairfield, Connecticut, opera singer, (d. 2012)

1924-12-16

Hiram Bingham is elected as a Republican to serve in the U.S. Senate forcing him to resign as Governor of Connecticut after serving only one day in office, the shortest term of any Connecticut Governor

1926-07-22

105°F (41°C), Waterbury, Connecticut (state record)

1927-11-03

Rodgers & Hart's musical "Connecticut Yankee" premieres in NYC

1939-04-19

Connecticut finally approves Bill of Rights (148 years late)

1943-02-16

-32°F (-36°C), Falls Village, Connecticut (state record)

1954-01-21

USS Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine, launched on the Thames, Connecticut.

1955-08-17

Hurricane Diane, following hurricane Connie floods Connecticut River killing 190 & doing $1.8 billion damage

1955-08-19

32.4 cm precipitation at Burlington, Connecticut (state record)

1965-06-07

The Supreme Court of the United States decides on Griswold v. Connecticut, effectively legalizing the use of contraception by married couples.

1969-06-05

Race riot in Hartford, Connecticut

2012-12-14

28 people, including 20 children, are shot to death at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut

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Connecticut - Notable Birthdays

Jonathan EdwardsOct 5, 1703

Ethan AllenJan 10, 1738

Benedict ArnoldJan 14, 1741

Noah WebsterOct 16, 1758

William BeaumontNov 21, 1785

John BrownMay 9, 1800

Charles GoodyearDec 29, 1800

Harriet Beecher StoweJun 14, 1811

Samuel ColtJul 19, 1814

Frederick Law OlmstedApr 26, 1822

Edith RooseveltAug 6, 1861

Benjamin SpockMay 2, 1903

Ed WarrenSep 7, 1926

Lorraine WarrenJan 31, 1927

Ralph NaderFeb 27, 1934

George W. BushJul 6, 1946

Annie LeibovitzOct 2, 1949

Stephenie MeyerDec 24, 1973

Connecticut - Birthdays
Date Event
1586-07-05

Thomas Hooker, Connecticut colonist (d. 1647)

1597-04-09

John Davenport, Connecticut pioneer (d. 1670)

1606-02-12

John Winthrop, the Younger, Governor of Connecticut (d. 1676)

1703-10-05

Jonathan Edwards, East Windsor, Connecticut Colony, Christian preacher, philosopher, and theologian (Original Sin)

1738-01-10

Ethan Allen, Litchfield Connecticut, American Revolutionary War patriot (lead the Green Mtn Boys)

1741-01-14

Benedict Arnold, Norwich Connecticut, US general turned traitor (American Revolutionary War)

1758-10-16

Noah Webster, West Hartford, Connecticut, lexicographer (Webster's Dictionary), (d. 1843)

1759-10-20

Chauncey Goodrich, U.S. Senator from Connecticut (d. 1815)

1785-11-21

William Beaumont, Lebanon, Connecticut, surgeon (Father of gastric physiology), (d. 1853)

1800-05-09

John Brown, Torrington, Connecticut, American revolutionary abolitionist (d. 1859)

1800-12-29

Charles Goodyear, New Haven Connecticut, American inventor (vulcanization process for rubber)

1811-06-14

Harriet Beecher Stowe, Litchfield Connecticut, American author (Uncle Tom's Cabin)

1814-07-19

Samuel Colt, Hartford Connecticut, US inventor/industrialist (Colt 6 shot revolver), (d. 1862)

1822-04-26

Frederick Law Olmsted, Hartford, Connecticut, writer and landscape architect (designed Central Park)

1831-04-06

Lorrin A. Cooke, Governor Cook and Staff, Connecticut

1837-04-17

J. P. Morgan, Hartford, Connecticut, American banker/CEO (US Steel Corporation)

1857-07-25

Frank Sprague, Milford Connecticut, American Inventor who installed the first U.S. electric trolley system in Richmond, Virgina

1861-08-06

Edith Roosevelt, Norwich Connecticut, First Lady of the United States and wife of Teddy Roosevelt

1873-03-04

John H. Trumbull, 54th Governor of the U.S. state of Connecticut (d. 1961)

1875-11-19

Hiram Bingham, Connecticut, American Archaeologist (Incan site of Machu Picchu)

1886-08-14

Charles Leahy, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

1889-05-14

Frank Magee, Christmas in Connecticut

1899-03-13

John Van Vleck, Middletown Connecticut, American Physicist, Mathematician, and Nobel Laureate who pioneered the modern quantum mechanical theory of magnetism

1903-05-02

Benjamin Spock, New Haven, Connecticut, American pediatrician (Common Sense Book of Baby Care)

1908-04-16

Lionel Houser, Christmas in Connecticut

1908-12-20

Dennis Morgan, Christmas in Connecticut

1910-11-14

Tony Cirillo, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

1914-05-15

Blair Davies, Connecticut State Police

1915-08-02

Gary Merrill, Hartford, Connecticut, American actor (Young Dr Kildare, All About Eve)

1920-11-05

Tommy Goodwin [Thomas], Connecticut, British Track Cyclist (2 X Olympic Bronze 1948), (d. 2012)

1923-12-07

Ted Knight, Terryville, Connecticut, American actor (Mary Tyler Moore, Too Close for Comfort)

1925-11-21

Loretta Daye, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

1926-09-07

Ed Warren [Edward Warren Miney], Bridgeport Connecticut, American paranormal investigator (Amityville haunting)

1927-01-31

Lorraine Warren, Monroe Connecticut, American paranormal investigator (Amityville haunting)

1934-02-27

Ralph Nader, Winsted Connecticut, American consumer advocate (Unsafe at Any Speed)

1936-07-10

Barbara B Kennelly, (Rep-D-Connecticut, 1982- )

1942-02-24

Joe Lieberman, (Sen-D Connecticut)

1943-03-02

Rosa DeLauro, (Rep-D-Connecticut)

1945-10-18

Christopher Shays, (Rep-R-Connecticut)

1946-06-16

Jodi Rell, American politician, governor of Connecticut

1946-07-06

George W. Bush Jr, New Haven, Connecticut, 43rd President of the United States (2001-09) and 46th Governor of Texas (1995-2000) (R-TX)

1947-07-26

Al Anderson, Windsor, Connecticut, guitarist (NRBQ)

1948-05-20

Samuel Gejdenson, (Rep-D-Connecticut, 1981- )

1949-10-02

Annie Leibovitz, Waterbury, Connecticut, photographer (Rolling Stones)

1950-06-08

Elmar Oliveira, Waterbury Connecticut, violinist (Naumburg 1978)

1953-02-09

Gary Franks, (Rep-R-Connecticut)

1955-9-05

Carmen Reed, The Haunting in Connecticut

1961-10-26

Dylan McDermott, Waterbury, Connecticut, American actor (The Practice, American Horror Story)

1962-02-06

Adam Simon, The Haunting in Connecticut

1967-07-05

Robert J. Kral, The Haunting in Connecticut

1967-12-15

Mo Vaughn, Norwalk, Connecticut, American MLB first baseman (Boston Red Sox, MVP-1995)

1968-08-03

Jenee Bandler, Christmas in Connecticut

1969-11-10

Jonathan Kennedy, The Haunting in Connecticut

1971-07-01

Wanda Gonzalez, Miss Connecticut USA (1996)

1972-08-23

Isaac Visaretis, The Connecticut Conspiracy

1973-05-30

Christine Pavone, Miss USA-Connecticut (1997)

1973-11-11

Stacy Perrone, Wolcott Conn, Meet Miss America-Connecticut (1997)

1973-12-24

Stephenie Meyer, Hartford, Connecticut, Author (Twilight)

1975-10-20

Bradley Snedeker, The Fear Is Real: Reinvestigating the Haunting (in Connecticut)

1976-02-24

Sarah Constible, The Haunting in Connecticut

1976-04-12

David Coggeshall, The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia

1977-01-06

Amy Zappone, Wolcott Connecticut, Miss America-Connecticut (1996)

1978-02-28

Marissa Perez, Miss Connecticut Teen USA (1996)

1979-06-15

Alita Dawson, Miss Connecticut Teen USA (1997)

1979-12-30

Tamara Harland, The Haunting in Connecticut

1983-04-23

Garth Merkeley, The Haunting in Connecticut

1985-09-16

Madeline Zima, New Haven, Connecticut, American actress (The Nanny, Californication)

1991-07-15

Erik J. Berg, The Haunting in Connecticut

Connecticut - Notable Weddings

John HancockAug 28, 1775

Amelia EarhartFeb 7, 1931

Lucille BallNov 30, 1940

robert kennedyJun 17, 1950

Janet LeighJun 4, 1951

Meryl StreepSep 30, 1978

Dustin HoffmanOct 12, 1980

Ivan LendlSep 16, 1989

Macaulay CulkinJun 21, 1998

Connecticut - Weddings
Date Event
1775-08-28

Statesman John Hancock (38) weds hostess Dorothy Quincy (28) in Fairfield, Connecticut

1931-02-07

Aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart (33) weds publisher George Palmer Putnam (43) in Noank, Connecticut

1940-11-30

"I Love Lucy" actress Lucille Ball (28) weds actor Desi Arnaz (23) in Greenwich, Connecticut

1950-06-17

US Attorney General robert kennedy (24) weds Ethel Kennedy (25) at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Greenwich, Connecticut

1951-06-04

Actress Janet Leigh (23) weds actor Tony Curtis (26) in Greenwich, Connecticut

1978-09-30

Actress Meryl Streep (29) weds sculptor Don Gummer (31) in Mason's Island, Connecticut

1980-10-12

Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman (43) weds businesswoman Lisa Gottsegen (26) in Roxbury, Connecticut

1989-09-16

Tennis player Ivan Lendl (29) weds Samantha Frankel in Greenwich, Connecticut

1998-06-21

"Home Alone" actor Macaulay Culkin (17) weds broadway actress Rachel Miner (17) in Stone Church in New Preston, Connecticut

2006-05-13

Actress Sara Bakker weds Sloan Alexander at the United Church on the Green in New Haven, Connecticut

2007-12-15

"Marchesa" designer Georgina Chapman (31) weds Miramax mogul Harvey Weinstein (55) in Connecticut, USA

2008-12-12

Fashion mogul Tommy Hilfiger (57) weds former model Dee Ocleppo in Greenwich, Connecticut

2010-10-10

"Blossom" actress Jenna von Oy (33) weds Dell computer data consultant Brad Bratcher (39) in Newtown, Connecticut

Connecticut - Deaths
Date Event
1670-03-15

John Davenport, Connecticut pioneer (b. 1597)

1689-07-08

Edward Wooster, English Connecticut pioneer (b. 1622)

1902-08-12

Lorrin A. Cooke, Governor Cook and Staff, Connecticut

1949-11-12

Lionel Houser, Christmas in Connecticut

1957-09-19

Harold Worthington, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

1981-02-05

Ella Grasso, Governor of Connecticut (b. 1919)

1982-06-14

Cliff Hartley, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

1994-09-07

Dennis Morgan, Christmas in Connecticut

1995-08-23

Loretta Daye, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

2003-05-17

Blair Davies, Connecticut State Police

2011-02-04

Jenee Bandler, Christmas in Connecticut


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