Connecticut June 19, 2016
Some People Don’t Know That Connecticut Was The First To Do These 16 Things
Connecticut will always be first in my heart, but it also happens to be true that Connecticut was the first at a lot of pretty impressive things. The tiny state is often forgotten, but the truth is that its long standing history in America has contributed to a lot of the everyday things we take for granted. But that’s what you get when you’re dealing with one of the oldest states! So without further ado, here’s Connecticut’s official brag sheet.
1. The first to establish a constitution.
Adopted in 1639, it established a representative government. That's why we're the Constitution State!
2. The first to establish a municipal public library in America.
It was a bequest to the "towne of New Haven" in 1656.
3. The first to publish a newspaper.
The Hartford Courant has been published since October 29, 1764.
4. The first to publish a dictionary.
The household item known as the Webster Dictionary was published by Noah Webster in Hartford in 1783.
5. The first to establish a law school.
Litchfield Law School was established in 1784 and some of its graduates include John C. Calhoun and Aaron Burr.
6. The first to start a factory town.
Planned and established in 1806, the town of Seymour was eager to improve the area's wealth.
7. The first to offer insurance.
Formerly the ITT Hartford Group, Inc., The Hartford started covering "loss of life or personal injury while journeying by railway or steamboat" in 1810.
8. The first to award a PhD.
In 1861, Yale University bestowed one of their students with a PhD in Philosophy.
9. The first to have a phone exchange.
Achieved in 1877, you can thank Bridgeport for the superior communication network we have today!
10. The first to serve a hamburger.
It was served at Louie's Lunch in New Haven way back in 1895.
11. The first to set up a permanent public planning body in America.
When Hartford's Commission on the City Plan met in 1907 they made history. But their real goal was just to make a difference!
12. The first folks to throw a frisbee.
Yale students began tossing the empty pie cans from Mrs. Frisbie Pies back in 1920.
13. The first to build a successfully operating helicopter.
Connecticut resident Igor Sikorsky designed the first successful helicopter in 1939. It was the first in the whole Western Hemisphere.
14. The first to establish an FM radio station.
WDRC-FM began broadcasting in Hartford in 1939.
15. The first to launch an ultra high frequency UHF television station.
Starting in 1949, KC2XAK in Bridgeport operated every day.
16. The first to launch a nuclear submarine.
It was launched in New London in 1954.
Incredible! Did you know we were first to do all of these things?