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5 Fun Facts About July 27 In Connecticut History

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1. In 1847, the first ever YMCA in the United States was founded in Boston, Massachusetts. Although it was not founded in Connecticut, the YMCA had a significant impact on the state. The first branch in Connecticut opened in Hartford just three years later, in 1850.

2. In 1914, the first commercial flight to take off from New Haven, Connecticut, occurred. The plane flew from New Haven to New York City, marking the beginning of the state's aviation era.

3. The Hartford Courant was first published on July 27, 1764, making it the oldest continuously published newspaper in the United States. The paper has been instrumental in shaping Connecticut's history and providing a voice for the people of the state.

4. On July 27, 1953, the Connecticut Turnpike officially opened. At the time, it was the largest federally-funded construction project in the country, stretching for 129 miles and connecting Connecticut to New York and Massachusetts.

5. In 1985, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe of Connecticut became the first Native American tribe to open a casino on their reservation. The Foxwoods Resort Casino has since become one of the largest and most profitable casinos in the world, attracting millions of visitors each year.
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