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5 Fun Facts About March 22 In Vermont History

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1. Ethan Allen's Capture: On March 22, 1775, Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys captured Fort Ticonderoga in New York from the British, giving the American colonists their first major victory in the Revolutionary War. Ethan Allen went on to become a hero of Vermont, and Fort Ticonderoga remains an important historic site.

2. Vermont Statehood: On March 22, 1791, Vermont became the 14th state in the Union, after 14 years as an independent republic. Vermont was the first state to abolish slavery and one of the first to grant suffrage to all adult men, regardless of property ownership.

3. Flood of 1927: On March 22, 1927, the Great Vermont Flood began, caused by heavy rains and snowmelt. The flood damaged or destroyed more than 1,200 bridges, 7,000 buildings, and 10,000 miles of roads and railways. The national guard was called in to help with rescue and recovery efforts, and the flood remains one of the worst natural disasters in Vermont history.

4. Solar Eclipse: On March 22, 1979, Vermont experienced a total solar eclipse. The path of totality passed through the northeast corner of the state, giving residents and visitors a rare and spectacular view of this astronomical event.

5. Bernie Sanders Elected Mayor: On March 22, 1981, Bernie Sanders was elected mayor of Burlington, Vermont. Sanders went on to serve as mayor for 8 years, during which time he implemented many progressive policies, including affordable housing and progressive taxation. Sanders' successful tenure as mayor helped launch his political career and he later became a U.S. senator and ran for president twice.
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