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5 Fun Facts About March 6 In Vermont History

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1. Vermont's First Constitution: On March 6, 1777, Vermont adopted its first constitution at the Windsor Tavern, making it the first state to outlaw slavery in its constitution. This document also established Vermont as an independent republic, with a "Council of Censors" to ensure the government's accountability.

2. Ethan Allen's capture: On March 6, 1778, Ethan Allen, one of the most famous figures in Vermont history, was captured by the British military in a failed attempt to capture Montreal. He was held prisoner for three years before being exchanged for a British officer.

3. Vermont becomes a state: On March 4, 1791, Vermont became the 14th state to join the Union. It had previously been an independent republic for 14 years.

4. The first ski and snowboard rope tow: On March 6, 1934, the first successful ski and snowboard rope tow began operating at Suicide Six, a ski resort in Woodstock, Vermont. This invention revolutionized skiing and snowboarding by making it more accessible to the general public.

5. Vermont's Bernie Sanders: On March 6, 1981, Bernie Sanders, a self-identified democratic socialist, was elected mayor of Burlington, Vermont. He served as mayor for 8 years before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1990. He is currently a U.S. Senator from Vermont and a leading figure in the progressive movement.
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