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5 Fun Facts About October 30 In Connecticut History

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1. On October 30, 1938, Orson Welles' infamous radio broadcast of "The War of the Worlds" caused panic and confusion throughout Connecticut and the rest of the country. Listeners who tuned in late or missed the disclaimer mistook the fictional play as a real news broadcast, leading to widespread hysteria.

2. In 1739, the first Episcopal church in North America, Christ Church in Stratford, Connecticut, was consecrated on October 30. The church still stands today and is recognized as a National Historic Landmark.

3. Connecticut's first governor, John Haynes, passed away on October 30, 1654. Haynes was a prominent figure in the early colonization of Connecticut and played a key role in establishing its government.

4. On October 30, 1919, the Connecticut State Council of Defense established a Bureau of Labor Information to help provide employment opportunities for returning World War I veterans. The Bureau helped to facilitate job training, education, and other resources for veterans in need.

5. In 1945, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra performed its first live broadcast on October 30. The performance was broadcast on local radio station WTIC and was widely praised for its high-quality sound and musicianship. Today, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra is one of the longest-running orchestras in the country.
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