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5 Fun Facts About August 28 In Connecticut History

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1. In 1776, British troops led a surprise attack on American forces in Danbury, Connecticut during the Revolutionary War. The British burned down several buildings, including a supply depot, but ultimately were forced to retreat by the Americans.

2. On August 28, 1830, the first steamship to cross Long Island Sound, the Fulton, arrived in New Haven, Connecticut. This was a major milestone in transportation and opened up new opportunities for trade and travel between Connecticut and Long Island.

3. In 1862, the Battle of Bull Run Bridge took place near Manassas, Virginia. Several Connecticut regiments were involved in this key battle of the Civil War, during which they successfully defended their position against Confederate forces.

4. On August 28, 1963, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. While King was not from Connecticut, his message of equality and justice had a profound impact on the state and the nation as a whole.

5. In 2006, Connecticut became the first state in the nation to pass a law requiring that all children under age 7 must be properly restrained in a child safety seat or booster seat while riding in a car. This law helped to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities among young children in car accidents.
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