Vermont in History

Vermont: Burlington

Historical Events

  • 1749-01-03 Benning Wentworth issues the first of the New Hampshire Grants, leading to the establishment of Vermont.
  • 1760-01-28 Pownal, Vermont created by Benning Wentworth as one of the New Hampshire Grants
  • 1777-01-15 People of New Connecticut (Vermont) declare independence from England
  • 1777-01-16 Vermont declares independence from New York
  • 1777-07-08 Vermont introduces new constitution making it the 1st US state to abolish slavery
  • 1777-08-16 American militiamen defeat British forces at the Battle of Bennington near Vermont, during the American Revolutionary War
  • 1780-10-16 Royalton, Vermont and Tunbridge, Vermont last major raid of the American Revolutionary War.
  • 1790-10-28 New York gives up claims to Vermont for $30,000
  • 1791-03-04 Vermont admitted as 14th state (1st addition to the 13 colonies)
  • 1799-01-25 1st US patent for a seeding machine, Eliakim Spooner, Vermont
  • 1819-08-06 Norwich University is founded in Vermont as the first private military school in the United States.
  • 1834-06-14 Sandpaper patented by Isaac Fischer Jr, Springfield, Vermont
  • 1856-04-10 The Theta Chi Fraternity is founded at Norwich University, Vermont (not Norfolk).
  • 1864-10-19 Approx 25 Confederates make surprise attack on St Albans, Vermont

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1891-08-16 President Benjamin Harrison attends the dedication of the Bennington Battle Monument in Bennington, Vermont

23rd US President Benjamin Harrison
23rd US President
Benjamin Harrison
  • 1894-06-17 1st US poliomyelitis epidemic breaks out, Rutland, Vermont
  • 1896-11-24 1st US absentee voting law enacted by Vermont
  • 1911-07-04 105°F (41°C) at Vernon, Vermont (state record)
  • 1927-11-03 22.3 cm rainfall at Somerset, Vermont (state record)
  • 1933-12-30 -50°F (-46°C) in Bloomfield, Vermont (state record)
  • 1934-01-28 1st US ski tow (rope) begins operation (Woodstock, Vermont)
  • 1971-03-21 Vermont seasonal snowfall totals 132.2"
  • 1984-07-07 5 die in a train crash in Williston, Vermont
  • 1993-08-10 Charlotte Anne Lopez, 16, of Vermont, crowned 11th Miss Teen USA
  • 2000-07-01 Vermont's civil unions law goes into effect.
  • 2001-05-24 The Democrats gain control of the U.S. Senate for the first time since 1994 when Senator James Jeffords of Vermont abandons the Republican Party and declares himself an independent.
  • 2015-10-02 Actor Randy Quaid and his wife Evi are arrested in Vermont after leaving Canada

Famous Birthdays

  • 1795-09-23 Alexander Twilight, minister and politician, first African American to graduate and to hold public office, born in Corinth Vermont (d. 1857)

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1801-06-01 Brigham Young, American religious leader (Mormon church), born in Whitingham, Vermont (d. 1877)

Founder of Salt Lake City and President of the LDS Church Brigham Young
Founder of Salt Lake City and President of the LDS Church
Brigham Young

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1804-02-07 John Deere, American blacksmith and manufacturer (founded Deere & Company) born in Rutland, Vermont (d. 1886)

Deere & Company Founder John Deere
Deere & Company Founder
John Deere

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1805-12-23 Joseph Smith Jr, American founder of the Mormon Church, born in Sharon, Vermont (d. 1844)

Religious Leader Joseph Smith Jr
Religious Leader
Joseph Smith Jr

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1811-08-03 Elisha Otis, American founder of the Otis Elevator Company and inventor of a safety device that prevents elevators from falling if the hoisting cable fails, born in Halifax, Vermont (d. 1861)

Inventor and Elevator Industrialist Elisha Otis
Inventor and Elevator Industrialist
Elisha Otis
  • 1814-02-07 Gardner Quincy Colton, American lecturer who was the first to use nitrous oxide as an anesthetic in dentistry, born in Georgia, Vermont

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1829-10-05 Chester A. Arthur, American politician(R) 21st President (1881-85), born in Fairfield Vermont (d. 1886)

21st US President Chester A. Arthur
21st US President
Chester A. Arthur

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1837-12-26 George Dewey, American admiral, naval hero in Battle of Manila Bay, born in Montpelier, Vermont (d. 1917)

Admiral George Dewey
Admiral
George Dewey

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1859-10-20 John Dewey, American philosopher, educational theorist and writer (learn by doing), born in Burlington, Vermont (d. 1952)

Philosopher, Psychologist, Writer John Dewey
Philosopher, Psychologist, Writer
John Dewey

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1867-07-05 A. E. Douglass, American astronomer and inventor of dendrochronology (tree-ring dating), born in Windsor, Vermont (d. 1962)

Archaeologist and astronomer A. E. Douglass
Archaeologist and astronomer
A. E. Douglass
  • 1871-12-13 Russell W Porter, Vermont, explorer (Alaska)

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1872-07-04 Calvin Coolidge [Silent Cal], 30th US President (R) (1923-29), born in Plymouth Notch, Vermont (d. 1933)

30th US President Calvin Coolidge
30th US President
Calvin Coolidge
  • 1895-11-26 William Wilson (Bill), East Dorset, Vermont, co-founder (alcoholics anonymous), (d. 1971)
  • 1921-04-30 Roger Easton, American scientist & inventor (GPS), born in Craftsbury, Vermont (d. 2014)
  • 1928-07-22 Orson Bean, actor/comedian (To Tell the Truth), born in Burlington, Vermont
  • 1931-03-02 Duane Graveline, doctor and astronaut, born in Newport Vermont (d. 2016)
  • 1932-08-19 Thomas P. Salmon, 75th Governor of Vermont
  • 1933-09-28 Madeleine M Kunin, Switzerland (Gov-D-Vt), 1st Jewish gov of Vermont

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1946-11-24 Ted Bundy, American serial murderer during the 1970s, born in Burlington, Vermont (d. 1989)

Serial Killer Ted Bundy
Serial Killer
Ted Bundy
  • 1947-12-26 Carlton Fisk, Vermont, all star catcher (Red Sox, White Sox)
  • 1950-02-07 Marilyn Cochran, skier (Olympics-1972), born in Burlington, Vermont
  • 1951-05-13 Jim Douglas, American politician, governor of Vermont
  • 1955-06-07 Bill Koch, US skier, born in Brattleboro, Vermont,

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1956-10-27 Patty Sheehan, American LPGA golfer (1994 US Women's Open), born in Middlebury, Vermont

LPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer
Patty Sheehan
  • 1963-09-09 Leslie Thompson, cross country skier (Olympics-1994), born in Burlington, Vermont
  • 1966-09-04 Debra Lewin, Miss Vermont-America (1991), born in South Burlington, Vermont
  • 1967-10-11 Sean Moynihan, actor (Powell-One Life to Live), born in Burlington, Vermont
  • 1971-02-11 Jennifer Lynne Faucette, Miss America-Vt (1996), born in Burlington, Vermont
  • 1971-09-13 Nancy Anne Roberts, Miss Vermont USA (1996)
  • 1974-06-22 Nicole Juvan, Miss America-Vermont (1997), born in Essex Junction, Vermont
  • 1976-06-10 Lisa Jean Costantino, Miss USA-Vermont (1997)
  • 1979-01-09 Lavinia Magruder, Miss Vermont Teen USA (1996)
  • 1979-04-19 Mariah Billado, Miss Vermont Teen USA (1997)
  • 2184-08-05 Christine Lauren Chapel, Davenport Heights, Vermont (Star Trek)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1905-10-04 30th US President Calvin Coolidge (33) weds Grace Anna Goodhue (26) in Burlington, Vermont

30th US President Calvin Coolidge
30th US President
Calvin Coolidge

HeartWedding of Interest

1988-07-16 "Back To The Future" actor Michael J. Fox (27) weds "Family Ties" actress Tracy Pollan (28) at West Mountain Inn in Arlington, Vermont

HeartWedding of Interest

1996-11-13 "A Room With A View" actor Daniel Day-Lewis (39) weds "Personal Velocity: Three Portraits" screenwriter Rebecca Miller (34) in Vermont

HeartWedding of Interest

2008-12-21 Talk show host Craig Ferguson (46) weds art dealer Megan Wallace Cunningham (26) in Chester, Vermont

Actor & Comedian Craig Ferguson
Actor & Comedian
Craig Ferguson
  • 2016-07-16 Survivor winner and cancer survivor Ethan Zohn (42) weds interior designer Lisa Heywood in North Bennington, Vermont