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Important events in Connecticut's history
Created by bjablonski
on Apr 13, 2011
Last updated: 04/16/11 at 05:00 PM
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Ella Grasso was the first female governor in CT.
137 people died in the Ringling Brothers circus tent fire.
First CT Boy Scout Troop was created (Troop 1) in East Hartford.
The first law in CT was passed about speed limits.
The first pay phone was installed in a bank in Hartford.
Storrs Agricultural College opened. It is now UCONN.
The first teachers college was opened. It is now called Central CT State University.
Slavery was abolished in CT.
The Wadsworth Atheneum opened, making it the first art museum to open in the United States that was not exclusively for the upper class.
Farmington Canal opened.
The School for the Deaf is founded by Thomas Gallaudet in Hartford. The school is currently in West Hartford.
Noah Webster published his dictionary. He included many new words, and even started making some of the changes from English to American English.
First CT insurance company opened.
CT was the fifth state to join the union.
The first law school in the US was started in Litchfield.
CT supports the Declaration of Independence.
Newgate Prison, the first prison in CT opens.
The Hartford Courant is the oldest newspaper in continuous existence in the U.S.
Yale, formerly the Collegiate School, opens.
CT joins the New England Confederation.
Settlements formed the Connecticut Colony under the Fundamental Orders. John Haynes is the first governor.
Hartford is founded in 1636 by Thomas Hooker
The Dutch build forts and a trading post along the CT River in Hartford.
Settlements created in the 1630s in Windsor, Wethersfield, and Hartford by the English Puritans.
Adriaen Block explored the CT River and landed in the Hartford area.