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5 Fun Facts About April 10 In Connecticut History

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1. In 1814, the first turnpike in Connecticut was completed, connecting Hartford to New Haven. This 38-mile toll road was a significant improvement in transportation infrastructure and was viewed as vital for the economic growth of the state.
2. In 1838, the Connecticut Asylum for the Education and Instruction of Deaf and Dumb Persons (now known as the American School for the Deaf) was opened in Hartford. It was the first permanent school for the deaf in the United States.
3. In 1911, the Griffin Manufacturing Company factory in Norwich was destroyed by a massive fire, resulting in the deaths of six workers. The tragedy prompted the state to pass stricter workplace safety laws, leading to the creation of the Connecticut Industrial Commission.
4. In 1976, the first annual Hartford Marathon was held, with over 1,000 runners participating. The event has grown in popularity over the years and now includes a half marathon, 5K race, and other events throughout the weekend.
5. In 2007, Connecticut became the first state in the nation to pass a law requiring all employers with more than 50 employees to provide paid sick leave. The law went into effect in 2012 and has since been cited as a model for other states considering similar policies.
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