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5 Fun Facts About February 10 In Vermont History

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1. In 1859, the Vermont Legislature passed a law that abolished slavery in the state. Vermont was the first state to make such a move without being compelled by a war or federal law.

2. On February 10, 1934, the Vermont State House was significantly damaged by a fire that started around 7:30 in the morning. It was believed that faulty wiring in the basement was the cause of the fire. The building was restored after four years.

3. The Vermont Symphony Orchestra had their debut concert on February 10, 1937, at the Burlington High School Auditorium. Over the years, the orchestra has performed throughout the state and has become a cultural icon in Vermont.

4. In 2007, Vermont Governor James Douglas signed a bill into law that made Vermont the fourth state in the United States to legalize civil unions between same-sex couples. The bill gave same-sex couples the same legal rights and protections as married couples.

5. On February 10, 1958, Rutland, Vermont, experienced what is known as the "great snowstorm." The storm brought heavy snow and high winds that created massive snowdrifts. Some areas received up to 5 feet of snow, and the snowstorm resulted in several fatalities and millions of dollars in damages.
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