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5 Fun Facts About June 1 In Connecticut History

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1. On June 1, 1792, the first unified state constitution was adopted in Connecticut. This constitution established a bicameral legislature and an independent judiciary, setting a precedent for state governments across the nation.

2. In 1849, the first women's rights convention in Connecticut was held in New Haven on June 1. At the convention, women advocated for their right to vote, own property, and receive an education equal to that of men.

3. On June 1, 1955, the first section of the Connecticut Turnpike opened to the public. This toll road spanned 128 miles from Greenwich to Killingly, providing a faster route for motorists traveling through the state.

4. In 1963, the Connecticut Freedom Trail was established on June 1 to recognize the state's role in the Underground Railroad and the abolition of slavery. The trail includes landmarks and sites significant in African American history, such as the African American cemetery in Hartford and the Amistad Memorial in New Haven.

5. On June 1, 1971, the State of Connecticut implemented the first seatbelt law in the United States. The law mandated that all occupants of a vehicle wear seatbelts while driving or riding in a vehicle, leading to increased safety on the state's roads.
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