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5 Fun Facts About July 14 In Connecticut History

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1. On July 14, 1783, Connecticut native David Humphreys was appointed by General George Washington as aide-de-camp, serving as his personal secretary and close advisor during the American Revolutionary War. Humphreys later served as a U.S. diplomat to Spain and Portugal, and was a founder of the Connecticut Society of the Cincinnati.

2. On July 14, 1868, the Oakley House, a historic hotel in Hartford, was destroyed by fire. The hotel had been in operation since 1828 and was a popular lodging spot for politicians, including Abraham Lincoln, who stayed there during his visit to Hartford in 1860.

3. On July 14, 1896, Connecticut became the first state to pass a law requiring automobiles to be registered and licensed. The law, which went into effect on January 1, 1901, required owners to pay a $2 registration fee and display a unique identification number on their vehicle.

4. On July 14, 1921, the Connecticut General Assembly passed a law creating the State Parks Commission to oversee the development and maintenance of state parks. The commission was responsible for the creation of several iconic Connecticut parks, including Sleeping Giant State Park and Hammonasset Beach State Park.

5. On July 14, 1972, the Connecticut Supreme Court upheld a lower court decision legalizing abortion in the state, making Connecticut the fifth state to legalize abortion. The decision was based on the right to privacy as established in the U.S. Constitution.
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