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5 Fun Facts About July 21 In Vermont History

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1. Vermont Became the 14th State: On July 21, 1791, Vermont became the 14th state of the union after nine years of negotiation and diplomatic skirmishing.

2. Ethan Allen Captured Fort Ticonderoga: In 1775, a small group from Connecticut under the leadership of Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold captured Fort Ticonderoga from the British on July 21, just two months after the Battle of Lexington and Concord.

3. The Johnson State College was Founded: On July 21, 1828, a bill was passed in the Vermont legislature that created the Vermont State Normal School, which became Johnson State College, one of the oldest teacher training institutions in the country.

4. The Battle of Peacham Took Place: In 1776, the Battle of Peacham occurred on July 21 between a group of American rebels and British soldiers. Although the Americans were defeated, it marked the first significant resistance to British control outside of the Boston area.

5. Vermont Supreme Court Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage: July 21, 1999, marked a historic moment for same-sex marriage rights when the Vermont Supreme Court ruled that the state must provide same-sex couples with the same rights and protections as heterosexual couples. This led to the creation of Vermont's civil union law, making it the first state to offer legal recognition of same-sex relationships.
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