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5 Fun Facts About October 23 In Connecticut History

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1. In 1817, the first steam-powered mill in Connecticut opened in Greenwich, revolutionizing the textile industry by increasing production speed and efficiency.

2. The 1886 Great Hamden Train Wreck occurred on October 23, when a runaway train carrying passengers and goods derailed near New Haven, killing 14 people and injuring many more.

3. In 1942, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra held its first concert. The orchestra has since become one of the most prominent cultural institutions in the state.

4. The iconic Connecticut landmark Gillette Castle was opened to the public on October 23, 1926. The castle, built by actor William Gillette, is now a popular tourist attraction.

5. On October 23, 1781, the Revolutionary War Battle of Yorktown ended in victory for American and French forces, effectively ending the conflict and securing American independence. Many soldiers from Connecticut played key roles in the battle, including General Rochambeau and Colonel John Chester.
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