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5 Fun Facts About January 24 In Vermont History

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1. In 1777, Vermont became the first state to abolish slavery. This happened on January 24 when the state constitution was adopted, declaring that all men had the right to be free and equal.

2. On January 24, 1888, the Vermont State Board of Education was established. The board was responsible for overseeing all aspects of education in the state, from funding to curriculum.

3. In 1935, a severe ice storm hit Vermont on January 24. It caused widespread damage and power outages, leaving many areas without electricity for up to two weeks.

4. On January 24, 1975, the town of East Montpelier set a record low temperature of -50 degrees Fahrenheit. This remains the coldest temperature ever recorded in Vermont.

5. In 1983, the Vermont Supreme Court ruled on January 24 that Vermont's ban on billboards was constitutional. This decision helped to preserve the state's natural beauty by limiting commercial advertising along its roadsides.
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