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5 Fun Facts About August 6 In Vermont History

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1. In 1777, on August 6, Vermont declared its independence from Great Britain. This was the first time a colony attempted to break away from Britain and establish its own sovereign nation.

2. On August 6, 1814, the Battle of Plattsburgh took place during the War of 1812. The American victory at this battle prevented a British invasion of northern New York and helped to secure the northern border of the United States.

3. Vermont became the 14th state to join the Union on March 4, 1791. However, on August 6, 1880, the Vermont State Militia was officially disbanded, making the state the only one in the nation without a military force.

4. One of Vermont's most famous residents, Robert Frost, was born on August 6, 1874. Frost is known for his poetry which often celebrates the beauty of rural life in New England.

5. The Vermont State Fair, an annual event held in Rutland, usually begins on the second Thursday in August, which often coincides with August 6. This fair features various agricultural exhibits, carnival rides, and live entertainment.
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