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5 Fun Facts About December 8 In Vermont History

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1. Vermont Ratifies the U.S. Constitution - On December 8, 1791, Vermont became the 14th state to officially ratify the United States Constitution. Vermont was the first state to join the Union that was not one of the original 13 colonies.

2. John Deere was Born - On December 8, 1804, John Deere was born in Rutland, Vermont. He grew up to invent the steel plow, which revolutionized agriculture in the United States.

3. The Battle of Bennington Monument is Dedicated - On December 8, 1891, the Battle of Bennington Monument was dedicated in Bennington, Vermont. The monument commemorates the American victory over the British in the Revolutionary War.

4. The Vermont State Capitol is Completed - On December 8, 1857, the Vermont State Capitol building in Montpelier was completed. The building, designed in the Greek Revival style, remains one of the state's most important landmarks.

5. Vermont Hosts the Snowboarding World Cup - On December 8, 1989, the FIS Snowboarding World Cup was held at Stratton Mountain in Vermont. It was the first time the world cup had been held in North America, and it helped to establish Vermont as a premier destination for winter sports enthusiasts.
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