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10 Fast Facts About Connecticut:
1/ The world's first nuclear powered submarine was built in Groton in Connecticut in 1954 and was called the USS Nautilus.
2/ Connecticut is the home to the oldest publically funded library in the United States. The Scoville Memorial Library was formed in 1771 when Richard Smith brought back 200 books from London at the behest of 39 publically minded people who contributed to the book fund to buy them. It has now grown to over 30,000 items.
3/ The first woman to be issued a US Patent was Mary Kies of South Killingly Connecticut on the 5th May 1809 for a method that she invented of weaving straw and silk. She used her weaving expertise to create fashionable hats!
4/ The Prohibition Amendment to the US Constitution (18th Amendment) which came into force on January 17th 1919 was never actually ratified by either Connecticut or Rhode Island. Connecticut's State Senate in fact defeated ratification of the amendment by 20 votes to 14. It was later repealed in 1933 by the 21st Amendment.
5/ The Hartford Courant is the oldest newspaper in the United States that is still in continuous print, being originally founded in 1764 by Thomas Green. George Washington once placed an ad in the newspaper to lease part of his Mount Vernon land, and Thomas Jefferson once sued the paper for libel (and lost).
6/ The official flag of Connecticut was adopted in 1897, with the three grapevines on it representing what the colony was able to bring over from Europe to plant in America. Underneath the shield and the grapevines is the state motto in latin, "Qui Transtulit Sustinet", which means "He who transplanted still sustains".
7/ The Official State Flower of Connecticut is the Mountain Laurel, and the Official State Song is "Yankee Doodle".
8/ The name of Granby prior to its establishment as a separate town in 1786 was Salmon Brook.
9/ We are all used to seeing livestock branding on cowboy films in order to be able to identify who owns which cattle. But in Connecticut it was first introduced by law for land owners to identify their pigs!
10/ The phrase "conservation of natural resources" was first coined by Gifford Pinchot and his team at the U.S Forest Service in 1907. He was born in Connecticut and was the first chief of the U.S Forestry Service between 1905 and 1910, and an early environmental pioneer.