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5 Fun Facts About December 23 In Connecticut History

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1. On December 23, 1783, Connecticut became the first state to enact a law prohibiting slavery. The law helped set a precedent for other states to follow and marked an important milestone in the long struggle for racial equality.

2. The first ice hockey game in the United States was played on December 23, 1894, in New Haven, Connecticut. The game was between the Yale Bulldogs and the John C. Green Skating Club, with Yale winning 2-1.

3. On December 23, 1975, a bomb exploded at LaGuardia Airport in New York City, killing 11 people and injuring 75 others. The bomb was planted by members of a Croatian nationalist group, who were later arrested and convicted for their roles in the attack.

4. Connecticut's first pedestrian bridge over the Connecticut River opened on December 23, 1998. The bridge, which connects Hartford and East Hartford, was designed to provide a safe and convenient way for people to cross the river on foot or by bike.

5. On December 23, 2000, a US Navy submarine named the USS Greeneville accidentally collided with a Japanese fishing boat off the coast of Hawaii, killing nine people on the fishing boat. The incident raised questions about the US military's training procedures and diplomatic relations with Japan.
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