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5 Fun Facts About July 11 In Vermont History

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1. Ethan Allen was born: July 11 marks the birth of Vermont's most famous revolutionary leader, Ethan Allen, in 1738. He played a key role in forming the Green Mountain Boys, who were instrumental in securing Vermont's independence.

2. Montpelier is designated state capital: On July 11, 1805, Montpelier was officially designated as the state capital of Vermont. It remains the smallest capital city in the United States.

3. Vermont becomes a state: On July 11, 1791, Vermont became the 14th state to join the Union. It was the first state to be admitted after the original 13 colonies.

4. First college in Vermont established: July 11, 1800, saw the establishment of the University of Vermont, the state's first college. Originally known as the University of the Green Mountains, it was founded by Ira Allen, Ethan Allen's brother.

5. World record for largest grilled cheese: On July 11, 2014, the town of Shelburne, Vermont set the world record for the largest grilled cheese sandwich ever made. It weighed over 3200 pounds and was made with over 200 pounds of cheese.
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