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5 Fun Facts About July 22 In Connecticut History

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1. In 1779, the Battle of Norwalk took place during the American Revolutionary War. British troops burned down almost all of the town of Norwalk, Connecticut, causing significant damage and loss of life.

2. In 1862, the Hartford Hospital was founded in Hartford, Connecticut. It is one of the largest hospitals in the state and has been recognized for its excellence in patient care, research, and education.

3. In 1933, the notorious bank robber and outlaw, John Dillinger, was shot and killed by FBI agents outside of the Biograph Theater in Chicago. However, a few weeks earlier on July 22, Dillinger had robbed the First National Bank of East Chicago in Indiana and escaped with over $28,000.

4. In 1950, the first outdoor tennis court in the United States was inaugurated at the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport, Connecticut. The court was constructed with asphalt and painted green to resemble a grass court.

5. In 1991, Connecticut became the first state in the United States to pass a law requiring all passengers in a motor vehicle to wear seat belts. The law went into effect on July 1, 1992, and has been credited with saving countless lives and preventing injuries in car accidents.
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