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5 Fun Facts About June 3 In Vermont History

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1. Vermont became the first state to abolish slavery on June 3, 1777. This was part of the state constitution that was adopted by the Vermont Republic, which predated statehood. However, it wasn't until 1790 that the state officially enforced the abolition of slavery.
2. On June 3, 1937, the Vermont State Police was established. Prior to this, the state relied on local sheriffs and constables to enforce the law. The establishment of the State Police led to greater professionalism and a coordinated approach to law enforcement in Vermont.
3. In 1987, Vermont's "Three Strikes" law took effect on June 3, allowing for harsher sentences for repeat offenders. This law enabled prosecutors to pursue life sentences for third-time felons.
4. On June 3, 1955, the first interstate highway in Vermont was opened to traffic. Known as the 'Vermont Turnpike', it was part of the eastern extension of the New York Thruway.
5. Vermont's iconic Ben & Jerry's ice cream company was founded on June 3, 1978, by Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield in Burlington. The company started with a $12,000 investment and has since grown into a global brand, known for its innovative flavors and unique naming conventions.
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