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Connecticut History Timeline

1800s continued
  • (1817) Reformers defeated Federalists in politicial revolution; school for deaf founded in Hartford
  • (1818) New Constitution adopted; ended system of established church
  • (1820) Capt. Nathaniel Palmer, Stonington, discovered continent of Antarctica
  • (1822) Capt. John Davis, New Haven, first to set foot in Antarctica
  • (1828) Farmington Canal opened from New Haven to Farmington
  • (1832) First Connecticut railroad incorporated
  • (1835) Colt patented revolver
  • (1838) Railroad completed between New Haven and Hartford
  • (1843) Charles Goodyear developed rubber vulcanizing process
  • (1844) Dr. Horace Wells used anesthesia at Hartford
  • (1848) Slavery abolished in Connecticut
  • (1858) Charter Oak Tree felled during storm
  • (1861 - 1865) 57,379 men, women volunteer for Civil War; more than 20,000 killed
  • (1868) Land at Groton given to U. S. Navy for naval station
  • (1875) Hartford became capital city
  • (1877) First telephone exchange in world opened in New Haven
  • (1897) Pope Manufacturing Co. began automobile manufacturing
1900s
  • (1900) First U.S. Navy submarine constructed
  • (1901) First state to enact law regarding automobile speeds
  • (1905) Public Accommodations Act adopted, ordered full and equal service in all places of public accommodation
  • (1910) U. S. Coast Guard Academy moved to New London
  • (1917 - 1918) Approximately 67,000 Connecticutians served in World War I
  • (1936) Severe damages caused by flooding in Connecticut River Valley
  • (1938) Hurricane caused loss of lives, much property damage; first section of Merritt Parkway opened
  • (1939) First section of Wilbur Cross Parkway opened
  • (1941 - 1945) Approximately 210,000 Connecticutians served in World War II
  • (1944) Ringling Brothers Circus tent fire killed 168 in Hartford
  • (1950 - 1952) Approximately 52,000 Connecticutians served in Korean War
  • (1954) World's first atomic submarine, the Nautilus, launched at Groton
  • (1955) Many killed and much property damage occurred due to heavy flooding
  • (1958) 129-miles Connecticut Turnpike opened

1900s

  • (1959) County governments, local justice courts abolished by General Assembly, district courts established
  • (1962 - 1975) Approximately 104,000 Connecticutians served in armed forces during Viet Nam War
  • (1964) General Assembly created six districts, reasonably equal in population
  • (1965) New Constitution approved by voters
  • (1966) First elections held for reapportioned General Assembly
  • (1974) Ella Grasso, first woman to be elected Governor of Connecticut
  • (1979) Further construction of nuclear power plants banned
  • (1990) Eunice Groark first woman elected lieutenant governor in Connecticut
2000s
  • (2001) 65 residents of Connecticut killed in September 11 attacks; Reapportionment Commission created five Congressional districts due to population shifts
  • (2004) Governor John Rowland resigned during corruption investigation
  • (2005) Civil unions granted to same-sex couples
  • (2008) Legendary actor, Paul Newman, died
  • (2010) Power plant explosion near Middletown killed at least five, injured 12
  • (2010) Airline passengers diverted to Windsor Locks held on hot plane for four hours with no food or water
  • (2010) Worker at beer distributor killed eight co-workers, wounded two
  • (2011) Winter storm caused major disruptions in travel, power outages
  • (2011) Ex-Goldman Sachs director, a Connecticut resident, charged with fraud and conspiracy

Connecticut Cities, Counties & Area Codes

City County Area Code
Stamford Fairfield 203
Bridgeport Fairfield 203
Hartford Hartford 860
Torrington Litchfield 860
Middletown Middlesex 860
Waterbury New Haven 203
New Haven New Haven 203
Norwich New London 860
Vernon Rockville Tolland 860
Willimantic Windham 860
This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.