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5 Fun Facts About February 20 In Vermont History

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1. On February 20, 1791, Vermont became the 14th state to join the United States of America, making it the first state to join after the original 13 colonies.
2. In 1933, Vermont's first ski tow was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps at Gilbert's Hill in Woodstock. This opened up the state's mountains to the winter sports tourism industry.
3. Vermont's first African American legislator and the first African American woman to serve in Vermont's legislature, Daisy Turner, was born on February 20, 1883, in Grafton, Vermont.
4. The Vermont Department of Agriculture was established on February 20, 1968, to promote, protect, and enhance Vermont's agricultural economy.
5. On February 20, 1962, John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, visited Burlington, Vermont, to speak at the University of Vermont's Centennial Convocation.
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