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5 Fun Facts About October 7 In Connecticut History

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1. In 1767, Connecticut became the first colony to pass laws regulating the trade of slaves. This was a significant step towards the abolition of slavery, which would ultimately be achieved in the state in 1848.

2. On October 7, 1845, Yale University School of Medicine held its first classes. It was originally called the Medical Institution of Yale College and offered a two-year program of study.

3. In 1905, the first successful appendectomy in the United States was performed in New Haven, Connecticut by Dr. Howard Atwood Kelly. The patient, a 22-year-old woman, made a full recovery.

4. On this day in 1977, Connecticut State Police stopped a car driven by serial killer Michael Ross. In the trunk of his car, police found the body of his final victim, Tammy Williams. Ross later confessed to murdering eight young women from Connecticut and New York.

5. In 2012, the East Rock Festival was held in New Haven, Connecticut. The annual event brings together local musicians, artists, and vendors for a day of music, food, and community celebration.
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