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5 Fun Facts About April 28 In Vermont History

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1. On April 28, 1818, Vermont became the first U.S. state to abolish slavery through legislative action. The state's constitution had already prohibited slavery, but the act officially nullified any remaining legal claims to enslaved persons.

2. In 1847, Vermont's first public water supply was established in Burlington. A system of wooden pipes brought water from Burlington's neighboring lake, Lake Champlain, to a reservoir for public use.

3. The University of Vermont (UVM) was founded on April 28, 1791, and is the state's oldest university. Originally established as a small private college, it was later chartered as a public university in 1862.

4. On April 28, 1908, Vermont passed a law that required all automobiles in the state to be registered and display a license plate. The fee for registration was $2.

5. In 1971, Vermont established the first state environmental court in the United States. The Environmental Division of the Vermont Superior Court has jurisdiction over cases involving environmental law, land use, natural resources, and energy.
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