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5 Fun Facts About June 30 In Vermont History

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1. Vermont Celebrates Admission to the Union - On June 30, 1791, Vermont became the 14th state in the United States. After years of disputes with neighboring states, Vermont was finally recognized as a state in its own right.

2. First U.S. Child Labor Law Passed in Vermont - On June 30, 1847, Vermont became the first state to pass a law regulating child labor. The law prohibited children under the age of 15 from working in factories, and restricted the hours of work for children under the age of 18.

3. Floods Devastate Vermont - On June 30, 2011, torrential rains caused massive flooding across Vermont. Roads and bridges were destroyed, and many homes and businesses were damaged. The state declared a state of emergency, and it took months to recover from the damage.

4. Vermont's First African-American Legislator Elected - On June 30, 1880, John G. Sargent became the first African-American legislator elected in Vermont. Sargent, a barber by trade, was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives, where he served one term.

5. Vermont's First Woman Governor Sworn In - On June 30, 1985, Madeleine Kunin was sworn in as Vermont's first woman governor. Kunin had previously served as lieutenant governor and had a long career in public service. She went on to serve three terms as governor.
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