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5 Fun Facts About February 9 In Vermont History

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1. Battle of Bennington: On February 9, 1777, the Vermont militia led by General John Stark defeated the British army under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Friedrich Baum in the Battle of Bennington. This victory was a turning point in the Revolutionary War and ensured the Americans had control of the Hudson River.

2. Vermont becomes a state: On February 9, 1791, after 14 years of being an independent republic, Vermont officially became the 14th state in the United States.

3. First telephone exchange: On February 9, 1878, the first telephone exchange in Vermont was established in Burlington. This allowed for easier communication between different areas within the state and helped to connect Vermont to the wider world.

4. Women's suffrage in Vermont: On February 9, 1921, the Vermont legislature passed a law granting women the right to vote in state and local elections. This made Vermont the 13th state to grant women's suffrage.

5. Lake Champlain monster: On February 9, 1983, a video was captured on Lake Champlain of a large creature swimming in the water. This led to speculation and sightings of a possible "Lake Champlain Monster" similar to the Loch Ness Monster in Scotland. The video has been analyzed and debated over the years, with no conclusive evidence of the creature's existence.
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