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5 Fun Facts About March 1 In Vermont History

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1. Vermont officially became the 14th state in the United States on March 1, 1791. This followed a lengthy period of negotiation and debate over Vermont's status as an independent republic.

2. On March 1, 1875, the Vermont Legislature passed the Extradition Act. This law made it possible for the state to extradite fugitives from justice who had fled to other states, if they were suspected of committing a crime in Vermont.

3. The construction of the Bennington Battle Monument began on March 1, 1887. This impressive structure was built to commemorate the Battle of Bennington, which took place on August 16, 1777.

4. On March 1, 1933, Vermont Governor Stanley C. Wilson signed a bill legalizing the sale of beer with an alcohol content of up to 3.2%. This followed the repeal of Prohibition at the federal level the previous year.

5. More recently, on March 1, 2013, the Vermont State Legislature passed a law legalizing same-sex marriage. The law went into effect on September 1 of that year, making Vermont the ninth state in the country to allow same-sex couples to marry.
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