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5 Fun Facts About April 29 In Connecticut History

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1. The Connecticut State Library was established on April 29, 1854, making it the oldest state library in the United States.

2. One of Connecticut's most famous figures, playwright Eugene O'Neill, was born in a hotel room in New York City on April 29, 1888. Although he was not born in Connecticut, he spent much of his childhood living in the state and his plays often have Connecticut settings.

3. The first telephone exchange in Connecticut was opened on April 29, 1878, in New Haven. At its inception, the exchange had only eight subscribers.

4. On April 29, 1967, the Oakdale Musical Theatre (now known as the Toyota Oakdale Theatre) opened in Wallingford. The theatre has hosted many famous performers over the years, including Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, and Bruce Springsteen.

5. Connecticut's first newspaper, the Connecticut Gazette, began publication on April 29, 1755. The newspaper, which was printed in New Haven, covered a variety of topics, including politics, business, and local news.
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