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5 Fun Facts About January 22 In Connecticut History

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1. In 1937, the Merritt Parkway officially opened to traffic. The parkway spans 37.5 miles and is known for its scenic views and unique architectural features.

2. On January 22, 1973, the landmark Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade was decided, legalizing abortion nationwide. The decision remains controversial today and has sparked ongoing debates about women's reproductive rights.

3. In 1788, Connecticut became the fifth state to ratify the United States Constitution, joining Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Georgia.

4. On this day in 1817, the Connecticut Asylum for the Education and Instruction of Deaf and Dumb Persons (now known as the American School for the Deaf) opened in Hartford. It was the first school of its kind in the United States.

5. The Hartford Civic Center (now known as the XL Center) officially opened on January 22, 1975. The arena has hosted a variety of events over the years, including concerts, sporting events, and political rallies.
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