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5 Fun Facts About October 28 In Vermont History

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1) On October 28, 1776, a naval battle was fought on Lake Champlain between the British and American forces during the American Revolutionary War. The Americans, led by Benedict Arnold, were able to delay the British advance southward, ultimately helping to turn the tide of the war.

2) In 1864, a fire broke out in the town of St. Albans, resulting in the destruction of several buildings and homes. The cause of the fire was never determined, but it was speculated to have been started by Confederate sympathizers.

3) Vermont's first ski tow was installed on October 28, 1934, at Gilbert's Hill in Woodstock. This was a landmark moment in the state's ski industry, helping to pave the way for future development of ski resorts throughout Vermont.

4) In 1975, a group of activists staged a sit-in at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon to protest its operation. The protest lasted for several hours, and ultimately resulted in the arrest of over 1,400 people.

5) On October 28, 2012, Hurricane Sandy made landfall in New Jersey, causing significant damage throughout the Northeast, including in Vermont. While Vermont was not directly hit by the hurricane, it experienced extensive flooding due to heavy rain and high winds.
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