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5 Fun Facts About March 29 In Connecticut History

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1. In 1867, the first ever West Indian Carnival was held in New Haven. The carnival is still celebrated annually, bringing together people of Caribbean heritage to celebrate their culture and traditions.

2. In 1973, the Connecticut River flooded, causing massive damage to businesses and homes along the shoreline. The flood was caused by heavy rain and snow melt, and led to the deaths of nine people.

3. In 1924, the first ever television broadcast in American history was made by Philo Farnsworth in his lab in New Haven. His invention revolutionized the way people received information and changed the world forever.

4. In 1637, the Battle of Pequot took place in what is now Connecticut, between Native American tribes and English settlers. The battle was a turning point in the history of the region, as it led to the ultimate defeat of the Pequot tribe and the expansion of English settlement.

5. In 1790, the first US census was conducted in Connecticut. The census counted just over 237,000 people, making Connecticut one of the smallest and least populous states at the time. Today, Connecticut has a population of over 3.5 million people.
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