1. In 1790, Connecticut became the fifth state to ratify the United States Constitution, joining Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Georgia in the newly-formed union.
2. In 1851, the first edition of the New Haven Journal-Courier newspaper was published, serving as a major source of news and information for the state's residents for over 160 years.
3. May 6, 1915 saw the birth of Orson Welles in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Welles would later attend the Todd School for Boys in Woodstock, Connecticut, and begin his career as an actor and director in nearby New York City.
4. In 1972, the state of Connecticut established the Connecticut State Library for the purpose of collecting and preserving important historical documents and other materials related to the state's history.
5. On May 6, 2010, Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell signed a bill legalizing same-sex civil unions in the state, making Connecticut the third state in the country to recognize such unions behind Massachusetts and Vermont.
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