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5 Fun Facts About April 9 In Vermont History

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1. In 1784, the town of Randolph was chartered by the Vermont General Assembly. The town was named after Edmund Randolph, the first United States Attorney General.

2. In 1852, Vermont became the first state to abolish slavery in its constitution. The provision stated that "No person shall be enslaved."

3. In 1865, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, effectively ending the American Civil War. Many Vermonters fought in the war, with over 34,000 serving in the Union army.

4. In 1945, the German Me 262, the world's first operational jet-powered fighter aircraft, was captured intact by U.S. Army troops near Lechfeld, Germany. The plane would later be shipped to the United States for evaluation and testing.

5. In 1989, a historic flood devastated parts of Vermont, causing over $100 million in damages and claiming the lives of six people. The flood was caused by heavy rain and snowmelt, and affected nearly every corner of the state. The disaster led to changes in floodplain regulations and increased awareness of the importance of flood preparedness.
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