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5 Fun Facts About April 29 In Vermont History

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1. In 1863, a Vermont soldier named William Scott was taken prisoner during the Civil War. Scott wrote a letter detailing his experiences in Confederate prisons, which was later published in a book called "Four Years a Prisoner." The book helped to raise awareness of the harsh conditions faced by prisoners of war.

2. In 1918, the first case of the Spanish flu was reported in Vermont. The flu would go on to kill more than 1,100 people in the state over the course of the pandemic.

3. In 1933, Vermont became the first state to legalize public nudity. The law allowed anyone to be publicly naked as long as they were "engaging in any lawful business or activity."

4. In 1967, a plane carrying 37 passengers crashed in the Green Mountains near Warren, Vermont. All but one of the passengers survived the crash, but some had to be rescued after spending several days in the wilderness.

5. In 1988, a fire broke out at the Morse Block building in Barre, Vermont. The fire caused $10 million in damage and destroyed several historic buildings in the city's downtown area.
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