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5 Fun Facts About June 29 In Vermont History

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1. In 1927, Vermont's first airport opened in Burlington. The airport was named after the city's native son, naval aviator and Medal of Honor recipient, Admiral William A. Moffett. The airport has since been renamed Burlington International Airport.

2. In 1776, just days after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the inhabitants of Vermont gathered in Windsor and established a constitution. This constitution, known as the Vermont Constitution, was the first written constitution in America to prohibit slavery and to provide for universal male suffrage.

3. In 1800, the Vermont Historical Society was founded in Windsor. The society's mission is to promote the study of Vermont history and preserve Vermont's historic sites and artifacts.

4. In 1864, the Battle of Winooski Bridge took place during the American Civil War. Confederate soldiers under the command of General Jubal Early attacked Union forces at the bridge in an attempt to capture the city of Burlington. The Union forces, however, were able to hold off the Confederate attack and repel the invaders.

5. In 1973, Vermont became the first state to ban billboards along its highways. The law was passed in an effort to preserve Vermont's scenic beauty and promote tourism in the state. Today, Vermont is still known for its beautiful landscapes and small-town charm.
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