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5 Fun Facts About October 17 In Connecticut History

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1. In 1777, the Battle of Saratoga was fought in New York State. Many Connecticut soldiers served in the Continental Army during this pivotal battle of the American Revolution.
2. In 1814, the USS Wasp captured the HMS Avon off the coast of Connecticut during the War of 1812. The Avon was one of several British ships that were seized by American forces during this time.
3. In 1888, the East Bridgeport tornado struck Connecticut, causing widespread destruction and killing at least 30 people. It was one of the deadliest tornadoes in state history.
4. In 1965, the Hartford Whalers hockey team played their first game in the Eastern Hockey League. Over the years, the team would go on to compete in various leagues before eventually relocating to North Carolina in 1997.
5. In 2018, recreational marijuana was legalized in Canada. While this event did not occur in Connecticut specifically, it had a significant impact on the state's economy and discussions around legalization of marijuana.
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