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5 Fun Facts About August 26 In Connecticut History

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1. On August 26, 1781, Connecticut soldiers played a pivotal role in the Battle of Groton Heights during the Revolutionary War. Led by Lieutenant Colonel William Ledyard, the soldiers fought valiantly against the British, but ultimately lost the battle.

2. The Hartford Courant, one of the oldest continuously published newspapers in the United States, was first published on August 26, 1764. The paper remains a prominent news source in Connecticut and the surrounding area.

3. August 26, 1818 marked the opening of the Farmington Canal, which connected New Haven and Northampton, MA. The canal played an important role in the transportation of goods and materials during the 19th century.

4. On August 26, 1920, Connecticut became the 37th state to ratify the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. Connecticut was among the first states to ratify the amendment, which was officially adopted on August 26, 1920.

5. The Mystic Seaport Museum, which is dedicated to the preservation of America's maritime heritage, opened on August 26, 1929. The museum features historic ships, exhibits on maritime history, and a recreated 19th-century seafaring village.
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