1. On July 8, 1779, a British raiding party led by General William Tryon burned Fairfield, Connecticut. The attack destroyed 85 homes and businesses in the town, leaving hundreds homeless.
2. July 8, 1864, marked the beginning of the Battle of Monocacy during the American Civil War. Confederate forces under General Jubal Early clashed with Union troops led by General Lew Wallace. Although the Union ultimately lost the battle, they delayed the Confederate advance on Washington D.C. by a day.
3. On July 8, 1870, the Connecticut Women's Suffrage Association was founded in Hartford. The organization worked to secure voting rights for women in Connecticut and played a key role in the national suffrage movement.
4. The Hartford Circus Fire occurred on July 8, 1944. The blaze broke out during a performance of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, killing 168 people and injuring hundreds more.
5. In 2015, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled on July 8 that the state's death penalty was unconstitutional. The decision followed years of debate and legislative efforts to repeal capital punishment in Connecticut.
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