1. In 1639, the first colonial constitution was adopted in Connecticut, which was also the first written constitution in the world.
2. In 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. A memorial service was held for him at the State Capitol in Hartford on April 19, 1865.
3. On April 14, 1912, the RMS Titanic hit an iceberg on its maiden voyage, sinking in the early hours of April 15. Several Connecticut residents were on board the ill-fated ship, including Hartford-born John Jacob Astor IV, one of the wealthiest men in the world at the time.
4. In 1925, the Connecticut Huskies football team played their first official game, losing to New Hampshire 53-0. The team went on to become a dominant force in the region, winning numerous conference championships and bowl games.
5. On April 14, 2015, Governor Dannel Malloy signed a bill into law banning the sale, possession and distribution of synthetic marijuana in Connecticut. The drug, also known as K2 or Spice, had become increasingly popular among young people and had been linked to a number of overdoses and deaths.
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