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"Connecticut, one of the original states of the American confederacy, and the most S. W. of the New England states, is bounded N. by Massachusetts, E. by Rhode Island, S. by Long Island sound, and W. by New York. It lies between 41° and 42° 3' N. lat., and 71° 55' and 73° 50' W. Ion.; being about 93 miles in length from E. to W., and 68 miles in its greatest breadth from N. to S. ; including an area of about 4674 square miles, or 2,991,360 acres, of which 1,734,277 were improved in 1850."

A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ...
Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.)
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1854
Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.

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Reymond's is good Bread
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Naugatuck Daily News
Naugatuck, Connecticut
July 2, 1942
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  • Connecticut, Where We've Come From, Who We Are.
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  • 1665 - Union of New Haven Colony and Connecticut Colony is completed with capitals in both Hartford and New Haven.
    www.bethany-ct.com/ historicalSociety/ bhs-facts.htm
  • 1687 - King James revoked charter, took colonists' legal rights; Charter Oak incident occurred
    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ cttimeln.htm
  • 1776 - Representatives of Connecticut Colony sign the Declaration of Independence and Connecticut becomes one of the thirteen states of the United States.
    www.bethany-ct.com/ historicalSociety/ bhs-facts.htm
  • In 1784, the State of Connecticut passed an act for the gradual abolition of slavery
    declaring all born after that period free at twenty-five years of age, and allowing masters to emancipate all between twenty-five and forty-five. History of Norwich, Connecticut: From Its Possession by the Indians to the Year 1866 Author Frances Manwaring Caulkins Publisher By H.P. Haven, 1874
  • 1788 - Federal Constitution approved; Connecticut became Nation's fifth state
    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ cttimeln.htm
  • 1806 - Noah Webster published first edition of his dictionary
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  • 1815 - First steamboat on Connecticut River to Hartford
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  • 1818 – New Connecticut Constitution is passed; Congregational Church is disestablished, and no longer receives direct town support.
    www.bethany-ct.com/ historicalSociety/ bhs-facts.htm
  • 1832 - First Connecticut railroad incorporated
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  • In the year 1848, slavery had entirely disappeared in Connecticut, and was declared by the Legislature extinct and forever abolished.
    History of Norwich, Connecticut: From Its Possession by the Indians to the Year 1866 Author Frances Manwaring Caulkins Publisher By H.P. Haven, 1874
  • 1858 - Charter Oak Tree felled during storm


    The Charter Oak History
    Timothy L. McKee (www.youtube.com) www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ cttimeln.htm
  • 1894 - November 5 - The famous Election Day snowstorm occurred in Connecticut. As much as a foot of wet snow fell, and the snow and high winds caused great damage to wires and trees.
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  • 1897 - Pope Manufacturing Co. began automobile manufacturing
    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ cttimeln.htm
  • 1901 - First state to enact law regarding automobile speeds
    The state of Connecticut passed the first automobile law in 1901. It set the driving speed limit at 12 miles per hour. www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ cttimeln.htm
  • 1936 - Severe damages caused by flooding in Connecticut River Valley
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  • 1937- Connecticut became the first state to issue permanent license plates for cars.
    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ connecticut.html
  • 1938 - Hurricane caused loss of lives, much property damage; first section of Merritt Parkway opened

    The Great Hurricane of 1938 - History Channel (www.youtube.com) www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ cttimeln.htm
  • 1939 - First section of Wilbur Cross Parkway opened
    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ cttimeln.htm
  • February 16, 1943 - The morning low of -32 degrees at Falls Village CT established a state record, yet the afternoon high that day was 20 degrees above zero.
    The Weather Channel
  • 1955 - Many killed and much property damage occurred due to heavy flooding
    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ cttimeln.htm
  • 1958 - 129-miles Connecticut Turnpike opened
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