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5 Fun Facts About November 23 In Vermont History

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1. On November 23, 1800, Vermont was admitted as the 14th state in the United States of America. Vermont was the first state to join the Union after the original thirteen colonies, and its admission marked the beginning of the expansion of the United States to the west.

2. In 1856, Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont, became the birthplace of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program in the United States. The program was established to train future military officers and has since been adopted by universities throughout the country.

3. On November 23, 1876, the first issue of the Rutland Daily Herald was published in Rutland, Vermont. The newspaper has been in continuous operation ever since and is the oldest daily newspaper in Vermont.

4. In 1942, the first ski tow in the United States was installed on Gilbert's Hill in Woodstock, Vermont. The tow was invented by Wallace "Bunny" Bertram, who was also responsible for the first snowmaking machine.

5. On November 23, 2011, the state of Vermont became the first state in the United States to pass a law allowing for the legalization of marijuana for recreational use. The law went into effect on July 1, 2018, and allows adults over the age of 21 to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and grow up to two plants for personal use.
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