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5 Fun Facts About October 22 In Vermont History

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1. Birth of Galusha A. Grow: On October 22, 1823, Galusha Aaron Grow was born in Ashford, Connecticut. He moved to Pennsylvania and became a lawyer and a member of the US Congress. He was known for his support of Abraham Lincoln’s policies during the Civil War, and for being the youngest Speaker of the House of Representatives at the age of 33.

2. Vermont's First Radio Broadcast: On October 22, 1922, the first radio broadcast in Vermont was made from station WCAX in Burlington. The station was owned by the Radio Corporation of America and broadcasted from the top of the Howard Opera House. The first program was a sermon by the Rev. J. Edward Wright of the First Baptist Church.

3. Death of Ethan Allen: Revolutionary War hero Ethan Allen died at his home in Burlington on October 22, 1789. Allen was the leader of the Green Mountain Boys, a militia group that fought against the British during the American Revolution. He is best known for his capture of Fort Ticonderoga in 1775.

4. Dedication of the Ethan Allen Homestead: On October 22, 1921, the Ethan Allen Homestead in Burlington was dedicated as a museum. The homestead was the birthplace of Ethan Allen and is now a historic site that is open to the public. The dedication ceremony was attended by prominent politicians and business leaders, including then-governor of Vermont, James Hartness.

5. Vermont's First Electric Streetcars: On October 22, 1887, the first electric streetcars began operating in Burlington. The streetcars were operated by the Burlington Street Railway Company and ran on tracks that had previously been used by horse-drawn trolleys. The streetcars were powered by electricity from a central generating plant, which was a major innovation at the time.
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