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5 Fun Facts About February 5 In Vermont History

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1. The Vermont State Flag was adopted on February 5, 1923. The flag features a deep blue field with the state coat of arms in the center, surrounded by red clovers. The coat of arms includes a stag, pine tree, highly stylized cow, and bales of hay.

2. On February 5, 1851, the Vermont House of Representatives passed a bill allowing Black people to vote in the state. Vermont was the first state to abolish slavery in its constitution in 1777, and this bill helped ensure that Black people could exercise their right to vote.

3. The first public demonstration of a "smokeless" cooking stove in the United States took place in Middlebury, Vermont on February 5, 1834. The stove, designed by Hiram A. Amos, was meant to be more efficient and cleaner than traditional stoves.

4. On February 5, 1910, segregationist Governor John A. Mead signed a bill that made it illegal to sell cigarettes in Vermont without a special license. The law was intended to discourage smoking, which was seen as a vice, but it was not well-enforced and was repealed in 1923.

5. The Vermont Teddy Bear Company was founded on February 5, 1981, by John Sortino. The company, based in Shelburne, Vermont, is known for its high-quality, American-made teddy bears and has become a popular gift for Valentine's Day and other special occasions.
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