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5 Fun Facts About April 8 In Vermont History

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1. Ethan Allen's Birth - On April 8, 1738, Ethan Allen, a notable Revolutionary War hero and founder of the Republic of Vermont, was born in Litchfield, Connecticut. He led the Green Mountain Boys in a successful effort to drive the British out of Vermont, and later negotiated Vermont's admission to the Union as a state in 1791.

2. Vermont's State Song - On April 8, 1938, the Vermont legislature officially adopted "These Green Mountains" as the state song. The song was written by Diane Martin and Rita Buglass Gluck, with music composed by Mildred Watkins.

3. The Great Vermont Flood - On April 8, 1927, the Great Vermont Flood began when heavy rains caused the Connecticut River and its tributaries to overflow their banks. The flood caused significant damage to homes, businesses, and infrastructure throughout the state, with many communities left isolated for days.

4. Vermont's First Female Governor - On April 8, 1985, Madeleine M. Kunin was inaugurated as Vermont's first female governor. She served two terms in office from 1985 to 1991, during which time she focused on education, job creation, and environmental protection.

5. Vermont's Maple Syrup Industry - On April 8, 2016, Governor Peter Shumlin signed a bill designating Vermont Maple Syrup as the official state flavor. The bill recognized the importance of Vermont's maple syrup industry, which accounts for more than $300 million in economic activity in the state each year.
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