Interesting Facts About Connecticut

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Connecticut Facts

- The USS Nautilus - the world's first nuclear powered submarine was built in Groton in 1954.

- The World Wrestling Federation or the WWF is headquartered in Stamford.

- Bristol, CT is considered the "Mum City" of the USA because of the many Chrysanthemums grown and sold to various states and Canada

- Tapping Reeve Law School, the first law school in the United States was established in 1784.

- Cattle branding began in Connecticut when farmers were required by law to mark all of their pigs.

- Ella Grasso was elected in her own right to be a state governor in 1974.

- In 1937, Connecticut became the first state to issue permanent license plates for cars.

- The Monroe Town seal is in the form of a circle with the words "Town of Monroe Connecticut" written in the outer rim of the seal. Inside this outer circle is a profile of a bust of James Monroe, who was the fifth President of the United States, serving from 1817-1825.

- Danbury, An important military depot for the American Revolutionary armies was burned and looted in April 1777 by the British under Major General William Tryon.

- The first blast furnace in Connecticut was built in Lakeville in 1762.

- The New Haven District Telephone Company published the first telephone book ever issued on February 1878, in New Haven.

- In 1898 the first car insurance in America is issued at Hartford.

- Connecticut and Rhode Island never ratified the 18th Amendment (Prohibition).

- Connecticut State insect is the Praying Mantis.

- The Submarine Force Museum in Groton is home of the historic ship Nautilus (SSN 571). It is the official submarine museum of the United States Navy.

- In colonial New Haven cut pumpkins were used as guides for haircuts to ensure a round uniform style. Because of this fashion, these New Englanders were nicknamed "pumpkin-heads."

- The name Middlebury derives from the central position the Town's meetinghouse occupies, six miles from three older neighbors, Waterbury, Southbury, and Woodbury.

- The first human inhabitants of present-day Burlington were members of the Tunxis Tribe, who belonged to a confederation of Algonquian Indians. Legend holds they used the area as a hunting ground.

- In 1784, New Haven was incorporated as a city.

- Connecticut's motto is Qui Transtulit Sustinet -- "He Who Transplanted Still Sustains".

- The first English settlers of Connecticut arrived in 1636, settling the plantations of Windsor, Hartford and Wethersfield.

- Connecticut's most important crops are dairy, poultry, forest and nursery, tobacco, vegetables and fruit.