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5 Fun Facts About June 22 In Vermont History

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1. Vermont becomes the 14th state in the Union - On June 22, 1777, Vermont became the 14th state to join the United States of America, after declaring independence from Great Britain.

2. Governor John A. Notte, Jr. signs the “Fairbanks Scales Bill” - On June 22, 1953, Governor John A. Notte, Jr. signed a bill that declared the Fairbanks Scales Company the official state scale manufacturer of Vermont. The Fairbanks Scale was invented by Thaddeus Fairbanks in the town of St. Johnsbury, Vermont.

3. The Governor’s Institute of Vermont is founded - On June 22, 1984, the Governor’s Institute of Vermont was founded. The nonprofit organization provides summer programs in science, technology, engineering, math, and the humanities for high school students.

4. The Vermont Lake Monsters play their first game - On June 22, 1994, the Vermont Lake Monsters, a minor league baseball team, played their first game in Burlington, Vermont. The team is currently a Class A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics.

5. Governor Howard Dean signs the Vermont Civil Union Law - On June 22, 2000, Governor Howard Dean signed a bill that made Vermont the first state in the U.S. to legally recognize same-sex couples through civil unions. The law went into effect on July 1, 2000.
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