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5 Fun Facts About February 7 In Colorado History

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1. On February 7, 1876, Colorado Governor John Long Routt signed a bill making Colorado the first state in the nation to give women the right to vote in all elections. This landmark moment in Colorado history came 44 years before women were granted the right to vote nationwide in 1920 with the passage of the 19th Amendment.

2. One of the deadliest avalanches in Colorado history occurred on February 7, 1962, when a wall of snow swept down Mount Sniktau and buried four people who were skiing in the area. Despite the heroic efforts of rescuers, only one member of the group survived.

3. February 7, 1893, marked the opening of the first Buddhist temple in the United States, located in the town of Crestone, Colorado. The temple was built by Japanese immigrants who had come to the area to work in the mines, and it remains an important center of Buddhist practice in the American West.

4. Colorado's largest-ever lottery jackpot was won on February 7, 1989, when a group of factory workers from Englewood, Colorado, won $47 million in the state's Lotto game. The group, dubbed the "Magnificent Seven," split the prize evenly and each received about $6.7 million after taxes.

5. On February 7, 1968, the Colorado Supreme Court declared that the state's death penalty was unconstitutional, making Colorado the first state to abolish the death penalty in modern times. The ruling came after a challenge by a man sentenced to death for the murder of a police officer, who argued that capital punishment violated the state constitution's protections against cruel and unusual punishment.
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