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5 Fun Facts About July 6 In Connecticut History

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1. In 1854, the charter for Norwich Free Academy was signed on July 6th. This school was the first free public secondary school in Connecticut and one of the first in the United States.

2. In 1863, the Battle of Beallsville took place on July 6th during the American Civil War. It was a small skirmish that occurred in Monroe, Connecticut, and was one of many conflicts that took place during the war.

3. In 1915, the famous actress and Connecticut native, Janet Beecher, was born on July 6th. She appeared in many films and on Broadway during her career and was known for her performances in classic films such as "A Tale of Two Cities" and "Little Women."

4. In 1957, the first nuclear power plant in the United States began operation on July 6th in Windsor, Connecticut. The plant was called the Shippingport Atomic Power Station and was a prototype for future nuclear power plants.

5. In 2004, the Connecticut Sun, a professional women's basketball team, played their first game on July 6th. The team is based in Uncasville, Connecticut, and plays in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).
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