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5 Fun Facts About February 25 In Vermont History

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1. Vermont became the 14th state to officially abolish slavery on February 25, 1777. The state constitution declared that "...all persons born within this state ought to be free" and thus ended the practice of enslaving African Americans in Vermont.

2. On February 25, 1836, the Vermont legislature granted a charter to the Rutland and Burlington Railroad, which eventually became part of the main rail line through the state. The railroad helped to spur economic growth and development throughout Vermont.

3. In 1933, Vermont Governor Stanley Wilson signed into law a bill legalizing the sale of 3.2% beer. The law went into effect on February 25 of that year, and it was the first step in the gradual repeal of Prohibition in the United States.

4. On February 25, 1948, Vermont became the first state in the nation to allow women to serve on juries for criminal trials. The state had already allowed women to serve on civil juries since 1870, but this was another milestone in the state's commitment to gender equality.

5. In 1997, Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy introduced the Communications Decency Act, which aimed to regulate obscene and indecent material on the Internet. The law was ultimately struck down as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, but it marked an early attempt to grapple with the challenges of regulating online content.
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