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5 Fun Facts About July 18 In Connecticut History

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1. In 1878, the Yale School of Music was founded in New Haven, Connecticut. It is one of the oldest music schools in the United States and has trained many renowned musicians.

2. On July 18, 1927, a major flood hit the city of Waterbury, Connecticut, causing significant damage to buildings and homes. The flood was caused by heavy rainfall that overwhelmed the city's drainage system.

3. In 1940, the first McDonald's Restaurant outside of California opened in Hamden, Connecticut. It was the third McDonald's location overall and the first to feature the iconic golden arches.

4. On July 18, 1960, the first kidney transplant in Connecticut was performed at Yale-New Haven Hospital. The patient, who had been on dialysis for several years, survived for several months after the surgery.

5. In 1996, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples were entitled to the same rights and privileges as heterosexual couples under the state's constitution. It was one of the earliest such rulings in the United States and paved the way for future marriage equality cases.
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