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Connecticut is rich in history. This tiny New England state was the birthplace of many great ideas, inventions, and cultural developments. In addition to being the birthplace of many famous people, Connecticut played a role in modern communications, education, entertaiment and American tradition. To feature your Connecticut Business, contact us.

Connecticut First in the Nation



Connecticut Firsts

 

  • 1639 – First written Constitution
  • 1656 – First free public library (New Haven)
  • 1775 – First submarine launched (Old Saybrook)
  • 1764 – First published US newspaper, The Hartford Courant
  • 1780 – First US traitor: Benedict Arnold (Norwich)
  • 1784 – First law school founded by Tapping Reeve in Litchfield
  • 1794 – First cotton gin invented by Eli Whitney in New Haven
  • 1796 – First American Cookbook, by Amelia Simmons (Hartford)
  • 1806 – First dictionary by Noah Webster (West Hartford)
  • 1846 – First US Amusement Park, Lake Compounce in Bristol
  • 1873 – First football game played at Yale (New Haven)
  • 1875 – First Agricultural Experimental Station (New Haven)
  • 1878 – First Telephone Exchange (New Haven)
  • 1881 – First Three-Ring Circus, by P.T. Barnum (Bristol)
  • 1903 – First Municipal Rose Garden, Elizabeth Park Rose Garden in Hartford
  • 1920 – First Frisbee, Yale students discovered empty pie plates from Mrs. Frisbie Pies in Bridgeport could fly across the New Haven Green
  • 1954 – First Nuclear Submarine, USS Nautilus in Groton
  • 1975 – First US state to elect a woman Governor – Ella Grasso

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