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5 Fun Facts About May 31 In Vermont History

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1. Vermont became a state: On May 31, 1791, Vermont officially became the 14th state in the United States. The process of Vermont becoming a state was unique because it was the first state to join the country after the original 13 colonies.

2. The first woman to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Vermont graduated: On May 31, 1883, Florence Cushing graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor of Arts degree, becoming the first woman to receive this degree in the state.

3. Vermont's first statewide primary election was held: On May 31, 1972, Vermont held its first statewide primary election for all political parties. Prior to this, political parties held their own separate primary elections.

4. The Vermont Statehouse was completed: On May 31, 1859, the Vermont Statehouse was completed after two years of construction. The building has served as the home of Vermont's state government ever since.

5. The Vermont Air National Guard was organized: On May 31, 1946, the Vermont Air National Guard was organized as part of the Air National Guard. The 158th Fighter Wing currently operates out of the Burlington International Airport in South Burlington, Vermont.
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