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5 Fun Facts About May 13 In Vermont History

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1. On May 13, 1775, Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys captured the British-held Fort Ticonderoga in New York, which became a crucial victory for the American Revolution.

2. May 13, 1802, was the birth date of William Henry Pickering, a Vermont astronomer who discovered Saturn's moon, Phoebe, in 1899.

3. In 1913, on May 13, the Vermont Legislature passed a law prohibiting the use of "white phosphorus" in the manufacture of matches after it was linked to widespread illness and even death among factory workers.

4. May 13, 1938, saw the opening of the historic Vermont State House in Montpelier, which had undergone major renovations and additions since its original construction in 1838.

5. On May 13, 1969, a massive fire broke out in downtown Montpelier, destroying several buildings and causing millions of dollars in damage. Despite the devastation, the city rallied together and rebuilt, resulting in a vibrant downtown that still thrives today.
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