1. In 1639, the Fundamental Orders were adopted in Connecticut. This was the first written constitution in America and helped establish the idea of a government based on the consent of the governed.
2. On June 17, 1775, Connecticut troops under the command of General Israel Putnam fought in the Battle of Bunker Hill during the Revolutionary War. Although the Americans ultimately lost the battle, their bravery and determination inspired the rest of the colonies to continue fighting for independence.
3. On June 17, 1829, Connecticut became the first state in America to pass a law prohibiting the sale and consumption of alcohol. Known as the "temperance law," it was an early attempt to address the societal issues caused by excessive drinking.
4. In 1875, the first electric streetcars were introduced in Connecticut. This new mode of transportation helped revolutionize urban travel and enabled people to live further away from their workplaces.
5. On June 17, 1989, the Connecticut Lottery held its first drawing. Created to help fund public education, the lottery has become a popular pastime for many residents of the state and has raised billions of dollars for education over the years.
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