Some Quick Facts About Connecticut
Statehood: January 9, 1788 (5th state of the original 13 colonies)
Population: 3,405,565 census.gov ; 29th, 12/00
Nickname"The Constitution State" was adopted by Act of the Legislature, 1959
Name Origin/Indian: Quinnehtukqut -- Mohegan for "Long River Place" or
"Beside the Long Tidal River"
State Motto: Qui Transtulit Sustinet -- "He Who Transplanted Still Sustains"
Capital City is Hartford since 1875 More Facts from quick facts census
State Bird: The American Robin State Animal: Sperm Whale
State Tree: White Oak Quercus alba (The Charter Oak)
State Mineral: Garnet State insect: Praying Mantis
State Flower: Mountain Laurel Kalmia latifolia
State Song: Yankee Doodle Highest Summit: Bear Mountain at 2,316 feet 36th
Agriculture: Nursery stock, eggs, dairy products, cattle.
Industry: Transportation equipment, machinery, electric equipment, fabricated metal products, chemical products, scientific instruments.
The first English settlers of Connecticut arrived in 1636, settling the plantations of Windsor,
Hartford and Wethersfield.
Connecticut is home to the oldest U.S. newspaper still being published: The Hartford Courant, established in 1764.
Connecticut is home to the first hamburger (1895) louis lunch.com, Polaroid camera (1934),
helicopter (1939) and color television (1948).
First ice-making machine1853, First Submarine 1775
The first automobile law was passed by the state of CT in 1901. The speed limit was set at 12mph.
Connecticut became the first state to issue permanent license plates for cars in 1937.
The first steel mill operating in America was located in Simsbury in 1728
Wallingford has earned a worldwide reputation for the production of silverware
Thomas Sanford made the first friction matches in Beacon Falls in 1834
Connecticut was covered by two glaciations: 150,000 and 26,000 years ago
Dinosaur tracks in Rocky Hill were discovered in 1966
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."
Connecticut's jagged coastline is 254 miles long
Cattle branding in the United States began in Connecticut when farmers were required by law to mark all of their pigs.
All three rock types are found in Connecticut: Sedimentary, Metamorphic, and Igneous
Connecticut was the first state in the country to open a materials recycling plant in 1982
The first Frisbee in 1920 Yale students discovered empty pie plates from Mrs. Frisbie Pies in Bridgeport could be sailed across the New Haven Green.
There are over 20,300 miles of stonewalls in Connecticut.
Connecticut is Home to over 19,000 Lakes and Ponds, over 12,000 Miles of Rivers and Streams,
91 State Parks, 30 State Forests, with over 700 Miles of Hiking Trails and over 9,000 Campsites,
Miles of Ocean Beaches along with Hundreds of Activities to Enjoy and all within a moments drive.
For years, cities and towns have argued that the state is not paying its fair share toward the state's education funding formula. In the current fiscal year, according to CCM, the state is shortchanging municipalities by nearly $700 million. That amounts to $10.7 million lost each year in Stamford, $31 million a year in Danbury and $37.5 million a year in Bridgeport.
Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education
Some Dumb Laws that Still Exist on Connecticut Books:
Hartford - It’s illegal for a man to kiss his wife on Sunday.
Hartford - It’s illegal to cross the street while walking on your hands.
New Britain- It’s Illegal for a fire truck to exceed 25mph even if going to a fire.
Devon section of Milford – It’s illegal to walk backwards after sunset.
Gilford – The only color Christmas lights that are allowed are white.
Waterbury - It’s Illegal for a beautician to hum, whistle or sing while working on a customer.
Connecticut – A pickle is only a pickle if it bounces.
Connecticut – Bans the storage of city records where liquor is sold.
Southington – Has a ban on the sale of silly string.
Weird Laws in America
Earthquake Timeline in January 2015:
1) Jan. 8: 9:28 a.m. -- 2.0 magnitude quake, centered 1.8 miles south-southwest of Danielson.
2) Jan. 9: 10:26 a.m. -- 0.4 magnitude earthquake in eastern Connecticut
3) Jan. 12: 6:33 a.m. -- 1.1 magnitude earthquake, centered 3.1 miles south of Danielson
4) Jan. 12: 6:34 a.m. -- 1.0 magnitude earthquake, centered 3.1 miles southwest of Danielson
5) Jan. 12: 6:36 a.m. -- 3.3 magnitude earthquake, centered 3.1 miles south-southwest of Danielson
6) Jan. 12: 6:50 a.m. -- 2.0 magnitude earthquake, centered 3.1 miles south of Danielson
7) Jan. 12: 12:03 p.m. -- 1.3 magnitude earthquake, centered 1.2 miles south of Danielson
8) Jan. 12: 1:04 p.m. -- 1.2 magnitude earthquake, centered 1.2 miles southeast of Danielson
9) Jan. 13: 7:27 a.m. -- 2.1 magnitude earthquake, centered 3.7 miles south-southwest of Danielson