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5 Fun Facts About September 7 In Connecticut History

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1. On September 7, 1776, Nathan Hale, a soldier from Coventry, Connecticut, was hanged by the British as a spy during the American Revolution. He is known for his famous last words, "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country."

2. In 1855, the first American train robbery occurred in Northfield, Connecticut, when a gang of thieves stole $2,000 from a steam train traveling from Boston to New York City. The robbers were eventually caught and sentenced to prison.

3. On September 7, 1901, the Connecticut State Capitol building in Hartford was dedicated. The building was designed by architect Richard M. Upjohn in the Gothic Revival style and is still in use today as the state's primary government building.

4. In 1965, the Connecticut State Police formed a special tactical unit known as the Emergency Service Unit (ESU). The unit is responsible for responding to high-risk situations, such as hostage situations, armed standoffs, and terrorist incidents.

5. On September 7, 2016, Connecticut became the first state in the nation to require schools to teach consent as part of their sex education curriculum. The law requires that all public schools in the state include lessons on the meaning of consent and how to obtain it in relationships.
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