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5 Fun Facts About February 12 In Connecticut History

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1. The State of Connecticut was founded on February 12, 1818, when it was admitted as the 5th state of the United States. It was originally part of the Connecticut Colony, which was founded in 1636 by Thomas Hooker.

2. On February 12, 1925, the notorious gangster Al Capone was arrested in New Haven, Connecticut, for carrying a concealed weapon. Capone was later released after paying a $100 fine.

3. The first telephone book in Hartford, Connecticut was published on February 12, 1878, with 50 listings.

4. On February 12, 1909, the state's first female physician, Dr. Lillian Burke, opened her medical practice in Bridgeport. She specialized in obstetrics and gynecology, and was a tireless advocate for women's rights.

5. On February 12, 1980, the U.S. women's ice hockey team played their first international game, beating Sweden 7-0 in a tournament held in Lake Placid, New York. Connecticut native Sue Merz was on the team and went on to win three Olympic medals.
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