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5 Fun Facts About November 16 In Vermont History

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1. The Vermont State Capitol Building was completed and dedicated on November 16, 1859. The building, located in Montpelier, was designed by architect Thomas Silloway and features a gold leaf dome, an ornate interior, and beautiful artwork.

2. On November 16, 1912, the first snowplow was tested in Vermont. The plow, invented by a Vermonter named Robert Holmes, was mounted on a Ford Model T and successfully cleared snow from the roads near St. Johnsbury.

3. November 16, 1965 marked the day Vermont became the first state in the nation to ban billboards. The law, which was aimed at preserving Vermont's natural beauty, prohibited the construction of new billboards along the state's highways.

4. In 1977, Vermont's first microwave tower for television reception was activated on Mount Ascutney. This allowed residents in the state's southern region to have access to more TV channels and better reception.

5. November 16, 1988 was the day Bernie Sanders made history by becoming the first Independent elected to Congress in 40 years. Sanders, who served Vermont in the U.S. House of Representatives for 16 years before being elected to the Senate in 2006, is known for his progressive policies and advocacy for working-class Americans.
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