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5 Fun Facts About February 8 In Vermont History

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1. Ethan Allen’s Capture (1775): On February 8, 1775, Ethan Allen, the renowned frontiersman, and his Green Mountain Boys famously captured Fort Ticonderoga from the British during the American Revolution.

2. Vermont’s Statehood (1791): On February 8, 1791, Vermont joined the Union as the 14th state, becoming the first state to be admitted following the adoption of the U.S. Constitution.

3. Birth of Vermont’s First Female Governor (1865): In 1865, Madeleine Kunin, who served as Vermont’s first female governor from 1985 to 1991, was born in Zurich, Switzerland.

4. Vermont Marble Company Established (1880): On February 8, 1880, the Vermont Marble Company was established in Vermont, which eventually became one of the largest producers of marble in the world.

5. The “Great Blizzard” of 1969: On February 8, 1969, Vermont was hit with a crippling blizzard that dumped two feet of snow and caused widespread power outages and transportation disruptions. The storm was so severe that the National Guard had to be called in to help with snow removal.
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