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5 Fun Facts About March 7 In Connecticut History

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1. On March 7, 1774, the Connecticut General Assembly passed a resolution to support the Massachusetts Bay Colony in their resistance against British rule. This marked an important moment in colonial resistance to British authority and ultimately contributed to the start of the American Revolution.

2. In 1916, on March 7, the town of Terryville experienced a devastating fire that destroyed much of its downtown area. The fire began in a hardware store and quickly spread to neighboring buildings, resulting in $200,000 in damages and leaving many homeless.

3. Connecticut native Paul Mellon, the son of banker and art collector Andrew Mellon, was born on March 7, 1907. Mellon went on to become a prominent art collector and philanthropist, founding the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. among other institutions.

4. On March 7, 1962, the cornerstone was laid for the new Charter Oak Bridge in Hartford, Connecticut. The bridge, which spans the Connecticut River and connects Hartford to East Hartford, was completed in 1965 and remains an important transportation route in the region.

5. Connecticut's first state-wide tornado drill was held on March 7, 2013, as part of the state's efforts to increase preparedness for severe weather events. The drill was held at 9:15 AM and residents were encouraged to practice taking shelter in response to a simulated tornado warning.
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