Connecticut in History

Historical Events

  • 1637-05-26 Mystic Massacre: in 1st battle of Pequot War in Connecticut about 500 Pequot Native Americans are killed by Colonial forces
  • 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 and New Harbor form the 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 English 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
  • 1675-11-02 King Philip's War: Plymouth Colony Governor Josiah Winslow leads Plymouth, Rhode Island, Massachusetts Bay and Connecticut militias attacks against the Narragansetts, fearing they would join King Philip's cause
  • 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
  • 1803-05-22 1st US public library opens in Connecticut
  • 1817-04-15 1st American school for the deaf opens (Hartford, Connecticut)
  • 1817-04-15 The American Asylum [now American School for the Deaf (ASD)], 1st permanent US school for deaf founded by Rev. Thomas Gallaudet, Dr. Mason Cogswell, and teacher Laurent Clercn (West Hartford, Connecticut,)
  • 1833-06-27 Prudence Crandall, a white woman, arrested for conducting an academy for black females at Canterbury, Connecticut
  • 1844-12-11 1st dental use of nitrous oxide in Hartford, 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
  • 1873-12-06 1st international football game in US: Yale 2, Eton (England) 1 in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1874-09-01 28th US Postmaster General: Marshall Jewell of Connecticut takes office
  • 1878-01-28 George Coy, Herrick Frost, and Walter Lewis open first commercial telephone exchange, in New Haven, Connecticut [1]
  • 1878-02-21 World's 1st telephone directory issued, 50 subscribers (New Harbor, Connecticut)
  • 1880-06-01 The first pay telephone service in the United States is installed in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1882-02-06 The society of the Knights of Columbus forms in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1895-01-25 New Haven Symphony Orchestra of Connecticut performs its first concert
  • 1900-07-28 Hamburger created by Louis Lassing in Connecticut
  • 1912-02-14 1st US submarines with diesel engines commissioned, Groton, Connecticut
  • 1913-11-17 1st US dental hygienists course forms, Bridgeport, Connecticut

Election of Interest

1924-12-16 Hiram Bingham is elected as a Republican to serve in the US 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)

Music Premiere

1927-11-03 Rodgers & Hart's musical "Connecticut Yankee", based on Mark Twain's "A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court", opens at the Vanderbilt Theatre, NYC; runs for 421 performances

Film Release

1931-04-06 "A Connecticut Yankee" film based on novel by Mark Twain, directed by David Butler, starring Will Rogers is released

  • 1931-06-19 1st photoelectric cell installed commercially West Haven, Connecticut
  • 1939-04-19 Connecticut finally approves Bill of Rights (148 years late)

Historic Event

1939-09-14 World’s 1st practical helicopter, the VS-300 designed by Igor Sikorsky takes (tethered) flight in Stratford, Connecticut

  • 1942-06-14 1st bazooka rocket gun produced (Bridgeport, Connecticut)
  • 1943-02-16 -32°F (-36°C), Falls Village, Connecticut (state record)
  • 1944-07-06 World's largest circus tent catches fire at Ringling Brother's - Barnum & Bailey 2nd performance, 168 die (Hartford, Connecticut)
  • 1946-02-16 1st commercially designed helicopter tested, Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • 1949-12-29 1st UHF television station operating regular basis Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • 1954-01-21 USS Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine, launched on the Thames River in 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)
  • 1957-05-16 US launches its 3rd atomic submarine, USS Skate, at Groton, Connecticut
  • 1965-06-07 The Supreme Court of the United States decides on Griswold v. Connecticut, effectively legalizing the use of contraception by married couples
  • 1965-08-28 1st Subway sandwich shop opens in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • 1965-12-04 2 passenger planes collide above Danbury, Connecticut, 4 die

Music Concert

1967-12-09 Jim Morrison arrested on stage for disturbing the peace at the New Haven Arena, Connecticut, making him the 1st rock star to be taken into custody during a performance

  • 1967-12-17 WEDW TV channel 49 in Bridgeport, Connecticut (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1969-06-05 Race riot in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1970-07-30 30,000 arrive to attend Powder Ridge Rock Festival, Middlefield, Connecticut, despite it having been cancelled due to local residents opposition
  • 1978-01-18 Roof of 3-yr-old Civic Center in Hartford, Connecticut collapses (no injuries)
  • 1979-10-09 Howard Stern begins broadcasting on WCCC in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1983-06-28 Bridge section along I-95 in Greenwich, Connecticut collapses, killing 3
  • 1987-04-23 28 construction workers killed in an apt collapse in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • 1992-06-17 Connecticut Governor Lowell Weicker and WFAN DJ Don Imus change places for 1 day
  • 1995-04-02 14th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Tennessee, 70-64; Huskies' first NCAA title, completing first undefeated season since 1986 Texas
  • 1998-03-06 Matt Beck, an angry lottery accountant kills 4 at Connecticut state lottery
  • 1999-03-29 61st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Duke, 77-74; Huskies' first title in first title game
  • 2000-04-02 19th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Tennessee, 71-52; Huskies' point guard Shea Ralph is named the Most Outstanding Player
  • 2002-03-31 21st NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Oklahoma, 82-70; Huskies conclude perfect season (39-0)
  • 2002-05-18 Micky Ward beats Arturo Gatti by majority decision in a junior welterweight boxing bout in Uncasville, Connecticut; 'The Ring' Fight of the Year; first fight in their legendary trilogy
  • 2003-03-01 Legendary Mount St. Mary's basketball head coach Jim Phelan wins final game of 49 year career as Mountaineers win 60-56 over Central Connecticut State; Phelan: 830 wins in NCAA record 1,354 games

Sports History

2003-04-08 22nd NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Tennessee, 73-68; UConn guard Diana Taurasi is named Most Outstanding Player

  • 2004-04-05 66th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Georgia Tech, 82-73; Huskies' forward Emeka Okafor named tournament Most Outstanding Player
  • 2004-04-06 23rd NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Tennessee, 70-61; UConn's Diana Taurasi is named Most Outstanding Player for the 2nd straight year
  • 2009-04-07 28th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Louisville, 76-54; Huskies' 6th national title with center Tina Charles MOP
  • 2010-04-06 29th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Stanford, 53-47; UConn forward Maya Moore scores 23 points
  • 2011-01-01 40th Fiesta Bowl: #9 Oklahoma beats #25 Connecticut, 48-20
  • 2011-04-04 73rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Butler, 53-41; Huskies' point guard Kemba Walker scores 16 points
  • 2012-12-14 28 people, including 20 children, are shot to death at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut
  • 2013-04-09 32nd NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Louisville, 93-60; Huskies' 8th National title
  • 2014-04-07 76th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Kentucky, 60-54; 2nd time a school has won both men's & women's Div I national titles in same year
  • 2014-04-08 33rd NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Notre Dame, 79-58; 2nd time a school has won both men's & women's Div I national titles in same year
  • 2015-04-07 34th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Notre Dame, 63-53; Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis & Moriah Jefferson, 15 points for Huskies

Sports History

2016-04-05 35th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut defeats Syracuse, 82–51; Huskies' power forward Breanna Stewart, 24 points

  • 2016-08-07 Jim Furyk fires 12-under-par 58 in final round of the Travelers Championship at TPC at River Highlands, Cromwell, Connecticut, becoming 1st player to shoot 58 in a PGA Tour event and 1st PGA Tour pro to card 2 sub-60 rounds
  • 2019-09-26 US Income inequality widest for over 50 years, worst in California, Connecticut, Florida, Louisiana and New York, according to new census figures

Famous Birthdays

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  • 1586-07-05 Thomas Hooker, American colonial clergyman (known as "the father of Connecticut"), born in Marefield, Leicestershire, England (d. 1647)
  • 1597-04-09 John Davenport, Puritan clergyman and cofounder of the New Haven Colony, born in Coventry, Warwickshire, England (d. 1670)
  • 1606-02-12 John Winthrop, the Younger, Governor of Connecticut (d. 1676)

Jonathan Edwards

1703-10-05 Jonathan Edwards, Christian preacher, philosopher, and theologian (Original Sin), born in East Windsor, Connecticut Colony (d. 1758)

  • 1710-10-12 Jonathan Trumbull, American politician and statesman, born in Lebanon, Connecticut (d. 1785)
  • 1711-04-22 Eleazar Wheelock, American founder of Dartmouth College, born in Windham, Connecticut (d. 1779)
  • 1718-04-20 David Brainerd, American missionary to the Native Americans, born in Haddam, Connecticut (d. 1747)
  • 1721-09-14 Eliphalet Dyer, American statesman and judge, born in Windham, Connecticut (d. 1807)
  • 1724-04-12 Lyman Hall, American physician and signer (Declaration of Independence), born in Wallingford, Connecticut (d. 1790)
  • 1726-11-20 Oliver Wolcott, American judge, signed US Declaration of Independence, born in Windsor, Connecticut (d. 1797) [NS=Dec 1]
  • 1731-04-23 William Williams, American merchant (signed US Declaration of Independence), born in Lebanon, Connecticut (d. 1811)
  • 1731-07-03 Samuel Huntington, American politician and signer of the Declaration of Independence, born in Windham, Connecticut (d. 1796)

Ethan Allen

1738-01-10 Ethan Allen, American Revolutionary War patriot (lead the Green Mountain Boys), born in Litchfield, Connecticut (d. 1789)

Benedict Arnold

1741-01-14 Benedict Arnold, American general and turncoat (American Revolutionary War), born in Norwich, Connecticut (d. 1801)

  • 1743-05-17 Seth Warner, American revolutionary leader, born in Roxbury, Connecticut (d. 1784)
  • 1745-04-29 Oliver Ellsworth, 3rd Chief Justice Supreme Court (1796-1800), born in Windsor, Connecticut, British America (d. 1807)

Nathan Hale

1755-06-06 Nathan Hale, American Revolutionary War patriot, "I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country.", born in Coventry, Connecticut, North American Colonies (d. 1776)

  • 1756-06-06 John Trumbull, American painter (Declaration of Independence), born in Lebanon, Connecticut (d. 1843)

Noah Webster

1758-10-16 Noah Webster, lexicographer (Webster's Dictionary), born in West Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1843)

  • 1759-10-20 Chauncey Goodrich, U.S. Senator from Connecticut (d. 1815)
  • 1760-03-27 Ishmail Spicer, American publisher, music teacher, and composer, born in Bozrah, Connecticut (d. 1832)
  • 1762-10-23 Samuel Morey, American inventor (early internal combustion engines and was a pioneer in steamships), born in Hebron, Connecticut (d. 1843)
  • 1769-10-13 Horace H. Hayden, 1st American licensed dentist and cofounds 1st dental college, born in Windsor, Connecticut (d. 1844)
  • 1775-10-12 Lyman Beecher, US Presbyterian clergyman, temperance movement leader, born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1863)
  • 1784-10-15 Thomas Hastings, American composer, born in Washington, Connecticut (d. 1872)
  • 1785-08-19 Seth Thomas, American manufacturer and pioneer in the mass production of clocks, born in Wolcott, Connecticut (d. 1859)

William Beaumont

1785-11-21 William Beaumont, American surgeon and father of gastric physiology, born in Lebanon, Connecticut (d. 1853)

  • 1786-09-10 William Mason, American politician, born in Lebanon, Connecticut (d. 1860)
  • 1787-02-23 Emma Willard, American women's rights activist and educator who founded the 1st school for women's higher education in the US, born in Berlin, Connecticut (d. 1870)
  • 1788-04-17 Joseph Gilbert Totten, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1864)
  • 1789-10-03 Francis Gregory, American Rear Admiral (Union Navy), born in Norwalk, Connecticut (d. 1866)
  • 1793-10-28 Eliphalet Remington, American firearms manufacturer (Remington Arms Co., L.L.C.), born in Suffield, Connecticut (d. 1861)
  • 1793-11-10 Jared Kirtland, American physician, naturalist and reformed penitentiaries, born in Wallingford, Connecticut (d. 1877)
  • 1794-07-05 Sylvester Graham, Minister and noted vegetarian (developed Graham cracker), born in Suffield, Connecticut (d. 1851)
  • 1794-10-10 William Whiting Boardman, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Connecticut), born in New Milford, Connecticut (d. 1871)
  • 1794-12-10 James Wolfe Ripley, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Windham County, Connecticut (d. 1870)
  • 1794-12-14 Erastus Corning, American businessman and politician (Mayor of Albany, New York), born in Norwich, Connecticut (d. 1872)
  • 1799-01-07 Daniel Tyler, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Brooklyn, Connecticut (d. 1882)

John Brown

1800-05-09 John Brown, American abolitionist and revolutionary (Harpers Ferry), born in Torrington, Connecticut (d. 1859)

  • 1800-09-11 Daniel S. Dickinson, New York senator, born in Goshen, Connecticut (d. 1866)

Charles Goodyear

1800-12-29 Charles Goodyear, US chemist and manufacturing engineer (vulcanized rubber), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1860)

  • 1802-07-01 Gideon Welles, 24th U.S. Secretary of the Navy under Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson, born in Glastonbury, Connecticut (d. 1878)
  • 1803-06-29 John Newton Brown, American publisher and Baptist teacher, born in New London, Connecticut (d. 1868)
  • 1803-12-22 Joseph King Fenno Mansfield, American Major General (Union Army), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1862)
  • 1805-02-13 David Dudley Field II, American lawyer, law codifier, born in Haddam, Connecticut (d. 1894)
  • 1806-09-12 Andrew Hull Foote, American Rear Admiral (Union Navy), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1863)
  • 1807-02-10 Abner Clark Harding, American politician and Civil War Brigadier General (Union Army), born in East Hampton, Connecticut (d. 1874)
  • 1809-02-20 Henry Walton Wessells, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Lietchfield, Connecticut (d. 1889)

P. T. Barnum

1810-07-05 P. T. [Phineas Taylor] Barnum, American circus promoter and showman (Barnum & Bailey), born in Bethel, Connecticut (d. 1891)

  • 1810-09-20 Alpheus Starkey Williams, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Deep River, Connecticut (d. 1878)

Harriet Beecher Stowe

1811-06-14 Harriet Beecher Stowe, American author (Uncle Tom's Cabin), born in Litchfield, Connecticut (d. 1896)

  • 1811-07-11 Joseph Lanman, American naval officer (Union Navy), born in Norwich, Connecticut (d. 1874)

Charles Lewis Tiffany

1812-02-15 Charles Lewis Tiffany, American jeweler and founder of Tiffany & Co, born in Killingly, Connecticut (d. 1902)

  • 1812-03-16 Henry Dwight Terry, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1869)
  • 1813-04-17 Henry Washington Benham, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Cheshire, Connecticut (d. 1884)
  • 1813-06-24 Henry Ward Beecher, American clergyman and orator (Independent), born in Litchfield, Connecticut (d. 1887)
  • 1813-07-07 William Scott Ketchum, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Norwalk, Connecticut (d. 1871)
  • 1813-09-13 John Sedgwick, American Major General (Union Army), who is best remembered for his famous last words "they couldn't hit an elephant at this distance" before being shot in battle, born in Cornwall, Connecticut (d. 1864)
  • 1813-10-12 Lyman Trumbull, U.S. Senator from Illinois (1855-73), born in Colchester, Connecticut (d. 1896)

Samuel Colt

1814-07-19 Samuel Colt, American inventor and industrialist (Colt 6 shot revolver), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1862)

  • 1818-07-14 Nathaniel Lyon, American Brigadier General (Union Army), 1st Union General to die in battle, born in Ashford, Connecticut (d. 1861)
  • 1820-03-06 Horatio Gouverneur Wright, American Major General (Union Army), born in Clinton, Connecticut (d. 1899)
  • 1820-07-22 Louis Powell Harvey, American politician, Governor of Wisconsin, born in East Haddam, Connecticut (d. 1862)
  • 1821-08-14 Clement H. Stevens, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Norwich, Connecticut (d. 1864)

Collis P. Huntington

1821-10-22 Collis P. Huntington, American business tycoon and railroad executive (Central Pacific Railroad, Southern Pacific Railroad), born in Harwinton, Connecticut (d. 1900)

Frederick Law Olmsted

1822-04-26 Frederick Law Olmsted, American writer and landscape architect (designed Central Park), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1903)

  • 1822-12-08 Luther Prentice Bradley, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1910)
  • 1823-08-15 Orris Sanford Ferry, American lawyer, politician and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Bethel, Connecticut (d. 1875)
  • 1823-08-31 Galusha Aaron Grow, American politician, born in Ashford, Connecticut (d. 1907)
  • 1824-03-02 Henry Beebee Carrington, American lawyer, professor, prolific author, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Wallingford, Connecticut (d. 1912)
  • 1825-04-25 Charles Dowd, American principal who was the 1st to propose standardized time zones (for America's railways), born in Madison, Connecticut (d. 1904)
  • 1825-08-25 Henry Warner Birge, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1888)
  • 1825-12-31 Francis Trowbridge Sherman, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Newtown, Connecticut (d. 1905)
  • 1826-05-04 Frederick Edwin Church, American romantic landscape painter (Hudson River Sch), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1900)
  • 1827-03-19 Alexander Shaler, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Haddam, Connecticut (d. 1911)
  • 1827-11-10 Alfred Howe Terry, American Major General (Union Army), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1890)
  • 1829-10-15 Asaph Hall, American astronomer who discovered satellites of Mars (Phobos & Deimos), born in Goshen, Connecticut (d. 1907)
  • 1831-06-29 William Thomas Clark, American politician and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Norwalk, Connecticut (d. 1905)
  • 1832-06-24 Edward Harland, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Norwich, Connecticut (d. 1915)
  • 1832-10-01 Henry Clay Work, American composer, born in Middletown, Connecticut (d. 1884)

J. P. Morgan

1837-04-17 J. P. Morgan, Sr. [John Pierpont], American financier and banker (General Electric, Steel Corporation, AT&T), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1913)

  • 1839-03-10 Dudley Buck, American organist, composer, and music writer, born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1909)
  • 1848-12-17 Frederick Grant Gleason, American composer, born in Middletown, Connecticut (d. 1903)
  • 1850-04-08 William H. Welch, American pathologist who founded Johns Hopkins Hospital, born in Norfolk, Connecticut (d. 1934)
  • 1851-11-06 Charles Dow, American journalist and economist (co-founded Dow Jones and 1st editor of Wall St Journal), born in Sterling, Connecticut (d. 1902)
  • 1852-09-15 Edward Bouchet, American physicist, 1st African American to receive US Ph.D, born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1918)
  • 1853-07-23 William Gillette, American stage and silent film actor (Sherlock Holmes), and playwright (Secret Service), born in Hartford, Connecticut, (d. 1937)
  • 1857-07-01 Roger Connor, American Baseball Hall of Fame 1st baseman (career HR record 138 stood for 23 years; NL batting champion 1885; NL RBI leader 1889; NY Giants), born in Waterbury, Connecticut (d. 1931)
  • 1857-07-25 Frank Sprague, American inventor who installed the first U.S. electric trolley system in Richmond, Virgina, born in Milford, Connecticut (d. 1934)
  • 1857-08-22 Ned Hanlon, American Baseball HOF center fielder (NL pennant 1887 Detroit Wolverines) and manager (5 × NL pennant Baltimore Orioles, Brooklyn Superbas), born in Montville, Connecticut (d. 1937)
  • 1858-02-14 C. B. Hawley, American organist and composer, born in Brookfield, Connecticut (d. 1915)
  • 1858-06-08 Harry Rowe Shelley, American composer (known for his hymn music), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1947)
  • 1859-04-03 Reginald De Koven, American operetta and popular song composer (Oh Promise Me), born in Middletown, Connecticut (d. 1920)
  • 1859-04-07 Walter Camp, father of American football (Yale), born in New Britain, Connecticut (d. 1925)
  • 1860-03-27 Frank Frost Abbott, American classical scholar, born in Redding, Connecticut (d. 1924)
  • 1860-07-03 Charlotte Perkins Gilman, American feminist, writer and lecturer for social reform, born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1935)

Edith Roosevelt

1861-08-06 Edith Roosevelt [Carrow], US First Lady and wife of Teddy Roosevelt, born in Norwich, Connecticut (d. 1948)

Ban Johnson

1864-01-06 Ban Johnson, American Baseball HOF executive (founder, President American League), born in Norwalk, Connecticut (d. 1931)

  • 1869-01-04 Tommy Corcoran, American baseball shortstop (MLB shortstop game assist record 14), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1960)
  • 1873-03-04 John H. Trumbull, 54th Governor of the U.S. state of Connecticut (d. 1961)

Famous Weddings

John Hancock

1775-08-28 Statesman John Hancock (38) weds hostess Dorothy Quincy (28) in Fairfield, Connecticut

Amelia Earhart

1931-02-07 American aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart (33) weds publisher George Palmer Putnam (43) in Noank, Connecticut

Wedding of Interest

1940-11-30 "I Love Lucy" actress Lucille Ball (28) weds Cuban actor and singer Desi Arnaz (23) in Greenwich, Connecticut; divorce in 1960

Marian Anderson

1943-07-17 One of the world's greatest contraltos, American Marian Anderson (46) weds architect Orpheus H. Fisher at the Elmwood Chapel in Bethel, Connecticut

Wedding of Interest

1950-06-17 US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy (24) weds Ethel Skakel (22) at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Greenwich, Connecticut

Wedding of Interest

1951-06-04 American actress Janet Leigh (23) weds American actor Tony Curtis (26) in Greenwich, Connecticut; divorce in 1962

Meryl Streep

1978-09-30 Actress Meryl Streep (29) weds sculptor Don Gummer (31) in Mason's Island, Connecticut

Dustin Hoffman

1980-10-12 Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman (43) weds businesswoman Lisa Gottsegen (26) in Roxbury, Connecticut

Ivan Lendl

1989-09-16 Tennis player Ivan Lendl (29) weds Samantha Frankel in Greenwich, Connecticut

Macaulay Culkin

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

Harvey Weinstein

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 (42) in Greenwich, Connecticut
  • 2010-10-10 "Blossom" actress Jenna von Oy (33) weds Dell computer data consultant Brad Bratcher (39) in Newtown, Connecticut
  • 2014-08-31 American singer-songwriter Ashlee Simpson (29) weds American "Hunger Games" actor Evan Ross (26) in Greenwich, Connecticut
  • 2016-07-09 Fashion designer Christian Siriano (29) weds singer-songwriter Brad Walsh in Danbury, Connecticut
  • 2016-10-02 Actress Lyndsy Fonseca (29) weds actor Noah Bean (37) at Saltwater Farm in Connecticut

Famous Deaths

  • 1647-07-07 Thomas Hooker, American colonial clergyman (known as "the father of Connecticut"), dies at 61
  • 1661-04-06 John Webster, colonial Governor of Connecticut (Fundamental Orders of Connecticut), dies at about 71
  • 1670-03-15 John Davenport, Puritan clergyman and cofounder of the New Haven Colony, dies at 72
  • 1689-07-08 Edward Wooster, English Connecticut pioneer (b. 1622)
  • 1871-08-27 William Whiting Boardman, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Connecticut), dies at 76
  • 1981-02-05 Ella Grasso, American politician, Governor of Connecticut (1975-80), dies at 61
  • 1985-10-29 John Lodge, American actor (Witchmaker) and politician (79th Governor of Connecticut), dies at 82
  • 2013-07-07 Donald J. Irwin, American politician (32nd Mayor of Norwalk, Connecticut), dies from heart failure at 86