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5 Fun Facts About February 27 In Connecticut History

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1. In 1781, General Rochambeau arrived in Newport, Rhode Island with a French army to help the Americans fight the British during the Revolutionary War. They would later march through Connecticut, making stops in Hartford, Lebanon, and Ridgefield.

2. On February 27, 1801, the town of Berlin, Connecticut was officially incorporated. It was named after Berlin, Germany, which was a popular destination for many of the town's founding residents.

3. In 1854, the Hartford Courant, one of the oldest continuously published newspapers in the country, reported on the first-ever railroad accident in the state of Connecticut. Two people were injured when their train collided with a cow near Bridgeport.

4. The University of Connecticut's men's basketball team made history on February 27, 2013, when they defeated the Syracuse Orange 66-58 in the Carrier Dome. It was the first-ever win for the Huskies in the Carrier Dome, and it helped secure their spot in the NCAA tournament later that year.

5. On February 27, 2020, the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was reported in Connecticut. The patient had recently returned from traveling abroad and was quickly isolated. This marked the beginning of the pandemic's impact on the state, which would go on to see thousands of cases and hundreds of deaths in the following months.
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