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Fun Facts

  • State Capital: Hartford
  • State Flower: Mountain Laurel
  • State Fish: Shad
  • State Animal: Sperm Whale
  • State Bird: American Robin
  • State Shellfish: Eastern Oyster
  • State Insect: Praying Mantis
  • State Song: Yankee Doodle
  • State Tree: Charter Oak
  • State Ship: USS Nautilus
  • State Hero: Nathan Hale
  • State Heroine: Prudence Crandall
  • State Gem: Garnet
  • State Size: 5,018 Sq. Miles
  • State Population: 3,460,503 est.
  • Connecticut has 8 counties and 169 towns and 5 regional tourism districts.
  • Connecticut is the 5th state, adopted U.S. Constitution in 1788.

 

  • Connecticut Firsts:
  • First written constitution “The Fundamental Orders” 1639
  • First public library in New Haven 1656
  • First submarine launched by David Bushnell of Saybrook 1775
  • First trimmed and illuminated Christmas tree in Windsor Locks 1777
  • First U.S. traitor Benedict Arnold of Norwich 1780
  • First law school founded by Tapping Reeve in Litchfield 1784
  • First cotton gin, Eli Whitney in New Haven 1794
  • First American Cookbook by Amelia Simmons 1796
  • First U.S. State house in Hartford 1796
  • First Dictionary by Noah Webster 1806
  • First U.S. Amusement park in Bristol, Lake Compounce Theme Park 1846
  • First Football game played at Yale 1873
  • First Agricultural experiment station in New Haven 1875
  • First US Bicycle was made at Pope Manufacturing Company 1878
  • First Three-ring circus by P.T. Barnum in Bethel 1881
  • First US rose garden, Elizabeth Park Rose Garden in Hartford 1903
  • First nuclear submarine, The Nautilus 1954
  • First woman elected governor, Ella Grasso 1975
     
  • Connecticut Inventions:
  • Colt Revolver 1836
  • Portable Typewriter 1843
  • Sewing Machine 1846
  • Ice-making Machine 1853
  • Can Opener 1858
  • Tape Measure 1868
  • Pay Phone 1877
  • First Hamburger 1895
  • Collapsible Toothpaste Tube 1892
  • Electric light socket w/pull chain 1896
  • Lollipop 1908
  • Elector set 1911
  • Frisbee 1920
  • Vacuum Cleaner 1933
  • Polaroid Camera 1934
  • Helicopter 1939
  • Color TV 1948

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