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5 Fun Facts About October 29 In Vermont History

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1. 1863: Vermont Governor Frederick Holbrook issues a proclamation honoring the first of three Vermont soldiers who earned the Congressional Medal of Honor during the Civil War. Private Edward H. Ripley of the 6th Vermont Infantry earned the medal for his service at the Battle of Gettysburg.

2. 1897: Vermont-born Orson Lowell, an accomplished artist and illustrator known for his advertisements, caricatures and political cartoons, is born in Irasburg.

3. 1929: Vermont’s first “talkie” movie theater opens in Burlington. The Capitol Theater at 39 Church Street shows “The Desert Song,” a popular musical of the time.

4. 1945: Vermont native and World War II hero Charles W. Whipple is awarded the Medal of Honor by President Harry S. Truman. Whipple, a staff sergeant in the Army Air Forces, helped rescue eight critically wounded men from a burning B-17 bomber during a mission over Germany in 1944.

5. 2011: Vermont braces for Hurricane Sandy after the storm devastates the Caribbean and the eastern United States. The National Weather Service warns of hurricane-force winds, heavy rain and potential flooding, and Governor Peter Shumlin declares a State of Emergency, mobilizing National Guard troops to assist with storm preparation and recovery efforts.
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