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 The Algonquin word "quinatucquet" meant "long tidal river place" and wound up as the name of the river and state.
 (SFEC, 5/7/00, Z1 p.2)

16,000BC    A mile-high glacier covered the area.
    (WSJ, 9/3/98, p.A16)

9,000BC    Caribou lived in the area.
    (WSJ, 9/3/98, p.A16)

1637        May 26, The Connecticut English militia and their Mohegan allies killed over 600 Pequot Indians at their village at Mystic. The survivors were parceled out to other tribes. Those given to the Mohegans eventually became the Mashantucket Pequots.
    (AH, 6/07, p.18)(www.dowdgen.com/dowd/document/pequots.html)

1639        Jan 14, (Julian Calendar) "Fundamental Orders," the first constitution of Connecticut, was adopted [see Jan 24].
    (AP, 1/14/98)(www.constitution.org/bcp/fo_1639.htm)

1639        Jan 24, (Gregorian Calendar) The Fundamental Orders, the first constitution in the New World, was adopted in Connecticut [see Jan 14].
    (HN, 1/24/99)(www.constitution.org/bcp/fo_1639.htm)

c1640        In Connecticut Roger Williams prepared the first primer of the Algonquian Indian language.
    (SFEM, 11/15/98, p.23)
1640        English colonists founded Greenwich, Connecticut. It evolved into an exclusive retreat from nearby NYC.
    (WSJ, 4/12/08, p.A6)

1643        May 19, Delegates from four New England colonies, Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, Connecticut and New Harbor, met in Boston to form a confederation: the United Colonies of New England.
    (AP, 5/19/97)

1644        Feb 5, The 1st US livestock branding law was passed by Connecticut.
    (MC, 2/5/02)

1649        Apr 5, Elihu Yale (d.1721), the English philanthropist for whom Yale University is named, was born.
    (WUD, 1994, p.1652)(AP, 4/5/99)

1650        Sep, Peter Stuyvesant traveled from New Amsterdam to Hartford, Conn., to negotiate boundaries for their colonies.
    (ON, 4/00, p.1)

1650        Connecticut became the 2nd colony to give statutory recognition to slavery. It was preceded by Mass. in 1641 and followed by Virginia in 1661.
    (MC, 12/1/01)(HNQ, 5/20/02)

1651        Aug 13, Litchfield, Connecticut, was founded.
    (MC, 8/13/02)

1662        May 3, John Winthrop the Younger, the son of the first governor of Massachusetts was honored by being made a fellow of the Royal Society, England's new scientific society. Winthrop gained a new charter from the king, uniting the colonies of Connecticut and New Haven.
    (HN, 5/3/99)

1656        Oct 2, US colony Connecticut passed a law against Quakers.
    (MC, 10/2/01)

1662        Apr 23, Connecticut was chartered as an English colony.
    (MC, 4/23/02)

1662        Jun, Mary Sanford (~39) of Hartford, Connecticut, was convicted of “familiarity with Satan." Historians later surmised that she was hanged for her crimes. In 2006 a descendant of Sanford worked on legislation to clear her ancestor as well as a dozen or so other women and men convicted for witchcraft in Connecticut from 1647 to the 1660s.
    (WSJ, 9/15/06, p.A1)

1664        Mar 22, Charles II gave large tracks of land from west of the Connecticut River to the east of Delaware Bay in North America to his brother James, the Duke of York.
    (AP, 3/22/99)

1667        Connecticut adopted America’s first divorce law.
    (SFC, 7/18/98, p.A15)

1682        Jun 10, The first tornado of record in colonial America hit New Haven, Conn.
    (SFEC, 7/4/99, Z1 p.8)

1687        Oct 27, The Connecticut colony’s charter was stolen during a public meeting in which Gov. Robert Treat defended the colony against demands by Sir Edmund Andros. It was soon hidden under an oak tree (the Charter Oak) in Hartford to protect it from seizure by agents of the King James II.

1701        Oct 9, The Collegiate School of Connecticut -- later Yale University -- was chartered in New Haven, Conn. It was the first US school to award a doctorate degree. [see Oct 16]
    (SFC, 5/25/96, p.A9)(SF C, 3/8/96, p.E3)(AP, 10/9/97)

1701        Oct 16, Yale University was founded as The Collegiate School of Kilingworth, Connecticut by Congregationalists who considered Harvard too liberal. [see Oct 9]
    (HN, 10/16/00)

1718-1780    Colonel Samuel Browne operated his 30-square-mile New Salem plantation. Evidence of slave labor was later found.
    (AM, 9/01, p.10)

1736        Mahomet Weyonomon, a Mohegan sachem or leader, died of smallpox while waiting to see King George II to complain directly about British settlers encroaching on tribal lands in the Connecticut colony. The tribal chief was buried in an unmarked grave in a south London churchyard.
    (AP, 11/22/06)

1754        Jun 19, The Albany Congress opened. New York colonial Gov. George Clinton called for the meeting to discuss better relations with Indian tribes and common defensive measures against the French. The attendees included Indians and representatives from Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Benjamin Franklin attended and presented his Plan of Union, which was adopted by the conference. The meeting ended on July 11.
    (AH, 2/06, p.45)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albany_Congress)

1758        Oct 16, Noah Webster (d.1843), US teacher lexicographer and publisher, was born in Hartford, Conn. He wrote the “American Dictionary of the English Language."
    (AHD, 1971, p.1452)(AP, 10/16/08)

1764        In Connecticut Thomas Green founded the Hartford Courant newsweekly. In 2020 the oldest continuously published newspaper in the United States said it plans to close the newsroom and offices it has been operating out of since the mid-1940s by the end of the year.
    (SFC, 7/6/00, p.C2)(AP, 12/6/20)

1774        The Litchfield house, where Harriet Beecher Stow was born, was built. In 1997 the house was sold for a bicentennial $1 coin with plans to convert it into a museum.
    (SFC,10/24/97, p.A4)

1777        Apr 26, Sybil Ludington (16) rode from NY to Ct rallying her father’s militia.
    (MC, 4/26/02)

1781        Benedict Arnold led raids on the privateering towns of New London and Groton. At Fort Griswold 83 patriots including Col. William Ledyard were killed upon surrendering to the British forces.
    (AH, 10/01, p.A10)

1783        Noah Webster (1758-1843), a Connecticut schoolmaster, published the first edition of his American spelling book. As a Grammatical Institute of the English Language, the Spelling Book was influential in standardizing and differentiating, from the British forms, English spelling and pronunciation in America.
    (ON, 12/09, p.9)(Econ, 6/18/11, p.34)

1787        Sep 17, The US Constitution included the Connecticut, or "Great," Compromise in which every state was conceded an equal vote in the Senate irrespective of its size, but representation in the House was to be on the basis of the "federal ratio," an enumeration of the free population plus three fifths of the slaves. The convention decided that ratification by nine states would be sufficient for their document to replace the 1777 Articles of Confederation.
    (SSFC, 11/2/03, p.M6)(Economist, 9/30/17, p.23)

1788        Jan 9, Connecticut became the fifth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
    (AP, 1/9/99)

1790        Mar 1, President Washington signed a measure authorizing the first US Census. The Connecticut Compromise was a proposal for two houses in the legislature-one based on equal representation for each state, the other for population-based representation-that resolved the dispute between large and small states at the Constitutional Convention. Connecticut delegate Roger Sherman's proposal led to the first nationwide census in 1790. The population was determined to be 3,929,625, which included 697,624 slaves and 59,557 free blacks. The most populous state was Virginia, with 747,610 people and the most populous city was Philadelphia with 42,444 inhabitants. The average cost of this year’s census was 1.13 cents per person.
    (HNQ, 7/13/01)(AP, 3/1/08)(http://www.genealogybranches.com/censuscosts.html)

1793        Jul 23, Roger Sherman (b.1721 in Mass.) of Connecticut, signer of the Declaration of Independence, died. He was only man to sign the four most important documents that were most significant in the formation of the United States. Sherman signed the Association (the 1774 compact to boycott British goods), the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation and Constitution. Sherman was among the first to declare that Parliament had no right to legislate for the colonies. He was a delegate to the Continental Congress, served in the first U.S.  House of Representatives and was a U.S.  senator.
    (HN, 4/19/97)(HNQ, 7/10/99)
1798        Jan 30, A brawl broke out in the House of Representatives in Philadelphia, as Matthew Lyon of Vermont spat in the face of Roger Griswold of Connecticut.
    (AP, 1/30/98)

1803        May 22, The 1st US public library opened in Connecticut.
    (MC, 5/22/02)

1806        Nov 15, 1st US college magazine, Yale Literary Government, published its 1st issue.
    (MC, 11/15/01)

1806        Noah Webster (1758-1843), a Connecticut schoolmaster, published a short dictionary. He then began work on a longer work: “An American Dictionary of the English language," which was completed in England 1825 and published as a 2-volume set in 1828.
    (ON, 12/09, p.9)

1807        Dec 14, A number of meteorites fell onto Weston, Connecticut.
    (Econ, 12/23/06, p.122)

1809        Connecticut Sen. James Hillhouse proposed a constitutional amendment under which the president would be elected by lot from among the senators.
    (WSJ, 1/28/03, p.D6)

1811        Jun 14, Harriet Beecher Stowe (d.1896), American writer and author of “Uncle Tom's Cabin," was born in Litchfield, Conn. The book showed the horrors of slavery and President Abraham Lincoln joked she had started the American Civil War.
    (AHD, p.1272)(HN, 6/14/99)

1815        Jan 5, Federalists from all over New England, angered over the War of 1812, drew up the Hartford Convention, demanding several important changes in the U.S. Constitution.
    (HN, 1/5/99)

1815        Aug, The merchant ship Commerce, under Capt. James Riley (1877-1939) of Connecticut, wrecked off the northwest coast of Africa. He survived captivity under Muslim slave traders and endured a lengthy trek across the Sahara. He later authored “Sufferings in Africa" (1817) and "An authentic Narrative of the Loss of the American Brig Commerce" (1818). In 2004 Dean King authored "Skeletons on the Zahara: A True Story of Survival."
    (SSFC, 2/22/04, p.M1)(WSJ, 6/2/07, p.P8)

1815        Henry Opukahaia became the first Hawaiian to convert to Christianity. He had left Hawaii for Connecticut in 1808 but died before he could return. His conversion spurred the Protestant missionaries to come to Hawaii in 1820.
    (SSFC, 8/30/09, p.M5)

1817        Apr 17, 1st US school for deaf  was founded in Hartford, Conn.
    (MC, 4/17/02)

1819        The American Geological Society was founded at Yale College. The membership included the illustrious Benjamin Silliman  (1779–1864). The Society was short-lived, going out of existence in 1828.

1822        Apr 26, Frederick Olmstead, landscape architect, was born in Connecticut. His work included Yosemite Nat’l. Park, Central Park in New York City (1858), and other city parks in Boston, Ma., Hartford, Ct., and Louisville, Ky.
    (440 Int’l. Internet, 4/26/97, p.5)(SFC, 4/5/04, p.B5)

1827        Greenwich Academy, the oldest school for girls in Connecticut, was founded.
    (NG, Feb, 04, p.120)

1831        At Yale the Skull and Bones society was founded. Boneswomen were not admitted until 1991.
    (USAT, 1/15/97, p.6D)

1832        In Hampton, Conn., the Bevin Brothers Manufacturing Co. began making bells. A fire in 2012 destroyed the factory.
    (SFC, 5/28/12, p.A8)

1833        Jun 27, Prudence Crandall, a white woman, was arrested for conducting an academy for black women in Canterbury, Conn. The academy was eventually closed.
    (HN, 6/27/99)

1835        Riley Whiting (b.1785), Connecticut clock maker, died.
    (SFC, 5/17/06, p.G5)

1837        Apr 17, J. Pierpont Morgan (d.1913), American financier, was born in Hartford, Conn. J.P. Mogan later owned U.S. Steel and International Harvester. In 1999 Jean Strouse published the biography "Morgan: American Financier."
    (WSJ, 3/30/99, p.A24)(HN, 4/7/99)(www.netstate.com/states/peop/people/ct_jpm.htm)

1838        Jan 4, Charles Sherwood Stratton (d.1883), later known as the dwarf Tom Thumb, was born in Bridgeport, Conn. In 1842, P.T. Barnum discovered Charles, who measured 25 inches              and weighed 15 pounds, only six pounds more than his birth weight.

1839        A granite structure was erected at Fort Trumbull in New London, Conn. The fort was later turned into a submarine base.
    (AH, 10/01, p.A10)(Econ, 2/19/05, p.31)

1842        The Wadsworth Athenium of Art was established in Hartford, Conn. It was America’s 1st public art museum.
    (WSJ, 2/2/99, p.A20)(WSJ, 6/1/06, p.D7)

1843        The J.E. Stevens Co. was founded in Cromwell, Conn., by John and Elisa Stevens. The company became famous for its line of cast-iron toys.
    (SFC, 8/24/05, p.G6)

1844        Mar 7, Anthony Comstock, anti-vice "crusader," was born in New Canaan, Ct.
    (MC, 3/7/02)

1844        Dec 11, The 1st dental use of nitrous oxide was at Hartford, Ct.
    (MC, 12/11/01)

1844        Edward Miller opened a business in Meriden, Conn., to make lamp burners. In 1866 it became Edward Miller & Co. and soon expanded to produce gas lighting fixtures and stoves.
    (SFC, 2/1/06, p.G6)

1848        A new rail line linked Greenwich, Connecticut, to Manhattan.
    (WSJ, 4/12/08, p.A6)

1850        The Ansonia Clock Co. was founded in Derby, Conn., by Anson G. Phelps. After 2 fires and reorganizations the company moved to NY in 1880.
    (SFC, 12/15/98, Z1 p.6)

1852        Meriden Britannia Co. of Meriden, Connecticut, began operating as a silver plate maker. In 1898 it joined other silver companies to form the Int’l. Silver Co.
    (SFC, 10/22/08, p.G3)

1853        Oct 1, Robert Schuyler, the president and general transfer agent of the New York & New Haven Railroad Company, began issuing, shares of stock beyond the capital limited by its charter.

1854        The Bradley & Hubbard Manufacturing Co. was founded in Meriden, Conn. The company made clocks, tables, frames, irons, chandeliers and other metal objects. Their lamps are prized by collectors.
    (SFC, 8/6/97, Z1 p.6)
1854        Yung Wing graduated from Yale and became the first Chinese student to graduate from an American university. He returned to China and laid the seeds for the Chinese Educational Mission, which lasted from 1872 to 1881. Wing returned to the US following numerous reform failures, where he died broke and alone.
    (SSFC, 2/13/11, p.G4)

1855        Thomas Day purchased the Hartford Courant newspaper. He wrote in one editorial: “We believe the Caucasian variety of the human species superior to the Negro variety; and we would breed the best stock." In 2000 the Courant apologized for running ads for the sale of slaves up to 1823.
    (SFC, 7/6/00, p.C2)

1856        Aug 19, Gail Borden (1801-1874) received a patent for condensed milk and opened a small factory for its production in Walcottville, Conn. At this time milk in NYC sold for 6-7 cents a quart.
    (ON, 5/04, p.5)(AP, 8/19/06)

1857        The Stanley Rule & Level Co. was founded in New Britain, Conn.
    (SFC, 11/1/03, p.E4)

1859        Apr 7,  Walter Camp, father of American football, was born in Connecticut.
    (HN, 4/7/97)(MC, 4/7/02)

1862        Feb 14, Galena, the 1st US iron-clad warship for service at sea, was launched in Conn.
    (MC, 2/14/02)

1862        Rogers, Smith & Co. of New Haven, Conn., organized to manufacture silver-plated holloware. The company was sold in 1863 to Meriden Britannia Co., but the New Haven operation continued to 1877.
    (SFC, 11/29/06, p.G3)

1863        Jun 17, Travelers Insurance Co. of Hartford, the 1st accident insurer, was chartered.
    (MC, 6/17/02)

1864        In Connecticut the West Cornwall Bridge was built over the Housatonic River. The covered bridge connected the 2 rural communities of Sharon and Cornwall.
    (SSFC, 1/7/07, p.G10)

1865        Nov 13, PT Barnum's New American museum opened in Bridgeport, Conn.
    (MC, 11/13/01)

1865        The Howe Machine Co. of Bridgeport, Conn., was established and its sewing machine won a gold medal at the 1867 Paris Exhibition. [see Elias Howe 1819-1867]
    (HNQ, 2/27/02)

1866         Mar 2, Excelsior Needle Company of Wolcottville, Connecticut, began making sewing machine needles, the 1st US company to make sewing needles.
    (HC, Internet, 2/3/98)(SC, 3/2/02)

1866        Oliver F. Winchester, a Connecticut shirt maker, began making Winchester rifles in New Haven, spearheading the development of rifles for multiple shots.
    (WSJ, 6/15/06, p.B2)

1867        Feb 14, Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection & Insurance Co. issued its 1st policy.
    (MC, 2/14/02)

1867        Oct 15, W.W. Lyman of Wallingford, Conn., patented a pewter coffeepot.
    (SFC, 3/16/05, p.G4)

1869        The Meriden Silver Plate Co. was founded.
    (SFC,12/10/97, Z1 p.9)

1874        Oct 20, Charles Ives (d.1954), composer, was born in Danbury, Ct. His work included symphonies, songs, and “Three Places in New England." He was pioneer of dissonance as flavoring.
    (WSJ, 8/15/96, p.A10)(HN, 10/20/00)(MC, 10/20/01)

1874        Samuel (aka Mark Twain) and Olivia Clemens built a mansion in Nook Farm on the edge of Hartford.
    (SFEC, 6/25/00, p.T4)

1874-1891    Samuel (aka Mark Twain) and Olivia Clemens lived in Hartford.
    (SFC, 8/11/97, p.D5)

1876        Mar 1, Guernsey Cattle Club formed in Farmington, CT.
    (SC, 3/1/02)

1878        Jan 28, The first daily college newspaper, Yale News (now Yale Daily News), began publication in New Haven, Conn.
    (AP, 1/28/08)
1878        Jan 28, The 1st telephone exchange was established at New Haven, Conn.
    (AP, 1/28/04)

1878        Feb 21, The first telephone directory was issued, by the District Telephone Company of New Haven (New Harbor), Conn. It contained the names of its 50 subscribers. As of 2007 regulators began granting telecommunications companies the go-ahead to stop mass-printing residential phone books.
    (AP, 2/21/98)(WSJ, 11/24/07, p.W7)(AP, 11/11/10)

1878        Sep, Herbert Hayden, a prominent Connecticut minister, used arsenic to murder Mary Stannard, a young servant girl that he thought he had made pregnant. The reverend, who was tried 1st for physical assault and later for murder was acquitted. In 1880 he produced an exculpatory account of the case. In 1999 Virginia A. McConell authored “Arsenic Under the Elms: Murder in Victorian New Haven."
    (WSJ, 6/24/05, p.W9)(http://tinyurl.com/amrk5)

1880         Jun 1, The first pay telephone was installed in the Yale Bank Building in New Haven, Conn.
    (DTnet, 6/1/97)

c1880        Mark Twain began investing in a mechanical typesetter invented by James Paige of Hartford.
    (ON, 7/00, p.4)

1882        Mar 29, The Knights of Columbus was granted a charter by the state of Connecticut. Rev. Michael McGivney (1852-1890) founded the Knights of Columbus at a local parish in New Haven to serve as a mutual aid and fraternal insurance organization, particularly for immigrants and their families.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knights_of_Columbus)(AP, 3/29/07)

1883        Echo Camp was built in the Adirondacks for Gov. Phineas C. Lounsbury of Connecticut. It was later turned into a private girl’s camp.
    (SFCM, 3/17/02, p.25)

1885        Philip Handel started Handel and Co., a ceramic and glass operation in Meridan, Conn. He moved to New York and made lamps, vases and other glassware from 1893-1933.
    (SFC, 7/22/98, Z1 p.2)(SFC, 1/10/07, p.G2)

1886        James McCutcheon, who made a fortune in the linen trade, hired a Boston architect to build him a mansion in Greenwich, Connecticut. In late 2007 the property was sold to Rene Kern, managing director of the General Atlantic hedge fund, who planned to demolish it, despite protests, and build a new home.
    (WSJ, 4/12/08, p.A6)

1887        Mar 8, Everett Horton of Connecticut patented a fishing rod of telescoping steel tubes.
    (MC, 3/8/02)

1889        Aug 13, The first coin-operated telephone was patented by William Gray of Hartford, Conn. A foreman had refused to let Gray call his sick wife from the company phone.
    (SFEC, 10/22/00, Z1 p.2)(AP, 8/13/08)

1890        Aug 14, Rev. Michael McGivney (b.1852), founder of the Knights of Columbus, died in Connecticut of pneumonia. In 2020 he was beatified in a step to possible sainthood.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knights_of_Columbus)    (SFC, 11/2/20, p.A)

1892        Barbour Silver was organized in Hartford, Conn. In 1898 it became part of the Int’l. Silver Co. of Meriden, Conn.
    (SFC, 10/19/05, p.G2)

1894        The Forbes Silver Co. was organized as a division of the Meriden Brittania Co. of Meriden, Conn. It became part of Int’l. Silver in 1898.
    (SFC, 8/5/98, Z1 p.3)

1894        The term hot dog was used to describe the sausages sold to Yale dorms from “dog wagons."
    (WSJ, 1/02/00, p.A20)

1895        John Day Jackson purchased the New Haven Register newspaper.
    (SFC, 9/4/99, p.A25)

1897        The Stanley Rule & Level Co. of in New Britain, Conn., began making 6-inch folding rulers. They introduced a 4-inch one in 1907.
    (SFC, 11/1/03, p.E4)

1898        Feb 1, The Travelers Insurance Company of Hartford, CT (the company with the red umbrella over their logo) issued the very first automobile insurance policy on this day. Dr. Truman Martin of Buffalo, NY, paid $11.25 for the policy, which gave him $5,000 in liability coverage.
    (AP, 2/1/97)(440 Int'l, 2/1/1999)

1898        Adolph Gund, a German immigrant, founded a toy company in Norwalk, Conn. In 1925 he sold it to Jacob Swedlin, who kept the company name, Gund Mfg.
    (SFC, 4/12/06, p.G4)

1898        In Connecticut the Meridan Silver Plate Co. was one of many independent silver companies that merged to form the Int'l. Silver Co.
    (SFC,12/10/97, Z1 p.9)(SFC, 8/2/06, p.G7)

1899        Hiram Percy Maxim, engineer for the Pope Manufacturing Co., raced the new Mark VIII against a Stanley Steamer in Branford, Conn., and won. Twins Francis E. Stanley (1849–1918) and Freelan O. Stanley (1849–1940) had founded the Stanley Motor Carriage Company in Watertown, Mass., after selling their photographic dry plate business to Eastman Kodak. They made their first car in 1897.
    (http://tinyurl.com/ybekr8vc)(ON, 7/00, p.6)

1901        Gustave Whitehead, a German-born aviator and resident of Bridgeport, Conn., reportedly made the first powered airplane flight, two years before the Wright brothers. In 2013 Connecticut went on record acknowledging Whitehead’s flight. Ohio and North Carolina both disputed the Connecticut claim.
    (SFC, 10/25/13, p.A8)

1902        Aug 22, President Theodore Roosevelt became the first U.S. chief executive to ride in an automobile, in Hartford, Conn.
    (AP, 8/22/97)(SFC, 9/25/99, p.A20)

1906        Jul 4-5, Eugene O’Neill’s 1933 play “Ah, Wilderness" was set in a Connecticut town this date.
    (WSJ, 3/19/98, p.A16)

1907        May 12, Katherine Hepburn, actress (The Philadelphia Story, The African Queen), was born in Hartford, CT.
    (HN, 5/12/01)(AP, 5/12/07)

1908        Feb 3, The US Supreme Court, in Loewe v. Lawlor, ruled the United Hatters Union had violated the Sherman Antitrust Act by organizing a nationwide boycott of Danbury Hatters of Connecticut.
    (AP, 2/3/08)

1908        May 27, Harold Rome (d.1993), American composer, lyricist, and writer for musical theater, was born in Hartford, Connecticut.

1908        Jun 4, Rosalind Russell (d.1976), actress (Mame, Take a Letter Darling), was born in Waterbury, Connecticut.

1908        Nov 29, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., later New York Congressman, was born in New Haven, Conn.
    (AP, 11/29/08)

1910        Apr 9, Abraham Ribicoff, later senator and governor, was born in New Britain.
    (SFC, 2/23/98, p.A5)

1910        Apr 21, Author Mark Twain (b.1835), born as Samuel Langhorne Clemens, died in Redding, Conn. His work included "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court," "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," and "More Tramps Abroad." His short story "The War Prayer" was published after his death. In 1912 Albert Bigelow Paine authored "Mark Twain: A Biography." In 1959 Charles Neider authored "The Autobiography of Mark Twain." In 1966 Justin Kaplan authored "Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain: A Biography." In 1997 Andrew Hoffman authored "Inventing Mark Twain, The Lives of Samuel Langhorn Clemens. In 2005 Ron Powers authored “Mark Twain: A Life." In 2007 Peter Krass authored “Ignorance, Confidence, and Filthy Rich Friends: The Business Adventures of Mark Twain." In 2010 Jerome Loving authored “Mark Twain: The Adventures of Samuel L. Clemens." In 2010 Volume I of Twain’s dictated autobiography was published. In 2013 Volume II was published.
    (http://courant.ctnow.com/probjects/twain/timeline.htm)(SFC, 7/13/01, p.D5)(SSFC, 9/30/01, p.D6)(SSFC, 11/27/05, p.M2)(WSJ, 3/13/07, p.D5)(Econ, 4/17/10, p.93)(SSFC, 11/7/10, p.F1)(SSFC, 10/13/12, p.F3)

1911        Dec 18, Jules Dassin, director (Circle of Two, Never on Sunday), was born in Middletown, Ct.
    (MC, 12/18/01)

1911        The American explorer Hiram Bingham discovered several Inca ruins and found the mountaintop citadel of Machu Pichu. He was in search of the lost city of Vilcabamba, the Inca’s legendary last refuge from the invading Spaniards. Bingham was an archeologist from Yale and later served as a Connecticut governor and US senator.
    (NG, Oct. 1988, p. 543)(SFC, 5/5/96, p.T-5)(SFC, 5/13/98, p.C4)

1912        Feb 14, The 1st US submarines with diesel engines were commissioned at Groton, Ct.
    (MC, 2/14/02)

1912        Raynal Bolling (1887-1918), who made his money as a lawyer for US Steel, hired an architect to build an English-style mansion in Greewnwich, Connecticut. His Greyledge mansion was demolished in 2007 by Spencer Lampert, hedge fund director for Tudor Investment Corp.
    (WSJ, 4/12/08, p.A6)

1915        May 29, Igor Buketoff, conductor (Iceland Symphony 1964-65), was born in Hartford, CT.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1916        Nov 28, Hiram Bingham, American explorer, wrote a letter to Gilbert H. Graham, the president of National Geographic, in which he stated that artifacts from his 3rd expedition to Peru belonged to the Peruvian government, which expected their return in 18 months. A dispute over the return of artifacts from Yale back to Peru continued in 2006. In 2010 Yale made arrangements to return the collection in stages over the next 2 years.
    (SFC, 3/10/06, p.A12)(Econ, 11/27/10, p.47)

1916        A group of Yale undergraduates organized an aviation unit, which they hoped would assist the US Navy in protecting the coastline in the expected event of German aggression. In 2006 Marc Wortman authored “The Millionaire’s Unit."
    (WSJ, 5/16/06, p.D6)

1917        Jan 24, Ernest Borgnine, actor (Ice Station Zebra, McHale, Marty), was born in Hamden, Ct.

1918        Mar 26, Col. Raynal Bolling (b.1877), architect of American air power in WWI and resident of Greenwich, Connecticut, was shot dead by a German patrol in France.
    (WSJ, 4/12/08, p.A1)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raynal_Bolling)

1918        The Dunellen Hall manor house in Greenwich, Conn., was built. The Jacobean style brick mansion was sold to real estate magnate Harry Helmsley for $11 million in the 1980s.
    (WSJ, 4/21/09, p.A6)

1920        Feb 13, Eileen Farrell, opera soprano (Interrupted Melody), was born in Willimantic, Conn.
    (MC, 2/13/02)

1920        May 8, Sloan Wilson, American author, was born in Norwalk, Conn. He wrote "The man in the Gray Flannel Suit" and "A Summer Place."
    (HN, 5/8/99)(MC, 5/8/02)

1920        Aug 3, Maria Karnilova, actress (Olga-Ivan the Terrible), was born in  Hartford, Ct.
    (SC, 8/3/02)

1920        Nov 16, Metered mail was born in Stamford, Connecticut, with the first Pitney Bowes postage meter.
    (HN, 11/16/98)

1921        Aug 3, Hayden Carruth, novelist (Crow & Heart), was born in Waterbury, Ct.
    (SC, 8/3/02)

1925        John Day Jackson purchased the morning Journal-Courier newspaper as a complement to the afternoon Register.
    (SFC, 9/4/99, p.A25)

1928        Nov 23, Jerry Bock, Broadway composer (Fiddler on the Roof), was born in New Haven, Ct.
    (MC, 11/23/01)

1929        The Ansonia Clock Co. of Ansonia, Conn., formed in 1850, was forced to close by the Depression.
    (SFC, 7/11/07, p.G4)

1930s        The Napier Co. of Meriden, Conn., made jewelry and metal pieces. Their products included a pig bank, a clown bank, cocktail shakers and ice buckets.
    (SFC, 1/7/98, Z1 p.6)

1931        Feb 7, Amelia Earhart (33), aviatrix, married George Palmer Putnam (45), divorced heir to a publishing empire in Noank, Conn.
    (SFEM, 1/25/98, p.31)(HN, 2/7/99)

1931        Salvador Dali painted "La Solitude." This became the first Dali painting to enter an American public collection, the Wadsworth Athenium in Hartford, Conn. under director A. Everett "Chick" Austin in 1932. The Wadsworth Athenium museum was the first American museum to show Surrealist art in the 1931 show "Newer Super-Realism."
    (WSJ, 2/2/99, p.A20)(WSJ, 1/26/00, p.A20)(WSJ, 1/10/00, p.A24)

1932        May 25, John Gregory Dunne (d.2003), author, screenwriter and husband of Joan Didion, was born in Hartford, Conn.
    (HN, 5/25/01)(SFC, 1/1/04, p.A23)

1933        Hope Lange (d.2003), film actress, was born in Connecticut.
    (SFC, 12/22/03, p.A20)

1933        The Ingersoll-Waterbury Co. of Waterbury, Conn., made the first Mickey Mouse wristwatches.
    (SFC, 9/2/98, Z1 p.6)

1934        Feb 7, The opera "Four Saints in Three Acts" by Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson premiered in Hartford, Conn. It debuted on Broadway on Feb 20 and became the longest running opera in Broadway history. It was centered on St. Teresa of Avila and St. Ignatius and ran to 4 acts that included 30 saints. It has been called "a surrealist American folk opera." In 1997 Anthony Tommasini wrote Virgil’s biography: "Virgil Thompson: Composer on the Aisle." In 1999 Steven Watson authored "Prepare for Saints: Gertrude Stein, Virgil Thomson, and the Mainstreaming of American Modernism.
    (WSJ, 2/1/96, p.A-16)(WSJ, 7/16/96, p.A9)(BS, 5/3/98, p.13E)(WSJ, 3/10/99, p.A20)(SFEC, 3/28/99, BR p.2)(Econ, 10/3/15, p.90)

1935        Aug 22, E. Annie Proulx, writer, was born in Connecticut. Her novels included "Postcards" and "The Shipping News."
    (HN, 8/22/00)

1937        Mar 1, The 1st US permanent automobile license plates was issued in Connecticut.
    (SC, 3/1/02)

1938        Jul 9, Brian Dennehy, actor (Check is in the Mail, F/X, Cocoon, Death of a Salesman), was born in Ct.
    (MC, 7/9/02)

1938        Sep 21, A Category 3 hurricane struck parts of New York and New England, causing widespread damage and claiming up to 800 lives. Winds hit 183 MPH in New England. The storm hit Long Island and Connecticut and caused $308 million in damage.
    (AP, 9/21/97)(WSJ, 5/31/06, p.B1)(Econ, 11/3/12, p.27)

1938        Oct 22, Christopher Lloyd, actor (Taxi, Back to the Future), was born in Stamford, Ct.
    (MC, 10/22/01)

1938        Abraham Ribicoff was elected to the Connecticut General Assembly as a representative from Hartford.
    (SFC, 2/23/98, p.A5)

1939        Apr 19, Connecticut finally approved Bill of Rights.
    (HN, 4/19/97)

1940        Jul 18, The 1st successful helicopter flight was made at Stratford, Ct.
    (MC, 7/18/02)

1941        Apr 15, 1st helicopter flight of 1 hour duration took place at Stratford, Ct.
    (MC, 4/15/02)

1941        Aug 12, Deborah Walley, actress (Mothers-in-Law), was born in Bridgeport, Ct.
    (SC, 8/12/02)

1942        Jun 6, The 1st nylon parachute jump was made in Hartford, Ct., by Adeline Gray.
    (MC, 6/6/02)

1942        Jun 14, The first bazooka rocket gun, produced in Bridgeport, Ct., demolished a tank from its shoulder-held position.
    (MC, 6/14/02)

1944        Jul 6, In Hartford, Conn., 168 people died when fire broke out in the main tent of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. In 2000 Stewart O’Nan authored "The Circus Fire: A True Story."
    (AP, 7/6/04)(SFEC, 8/20/00, BR p.3)

1944        Sep 14, A Category 3 hurricane, the Great Atlantic Hurricane, struck eastern New England. Winds hit 109 MPH in Connecticut and 46 people were killed on land and caused $100 million in damage. The storm sank 5 ships killing 344 people.
    (AP, 9/21/97)(WSJ, 5/31/06, p.B1)(www.geocities.com/hurricanene/Majorne.htm)

1946        Feb 16, The 1st commercially designed helicopter was tested at Bridgeport, Ct.
    (MC, 2/16/02)

1947        Mar 19, Glenn Close, actress (The Big Chill, Fatal Attraction), was born in Greenwich, Ct.
    (MC, 3/19/02)

1948        Abraham Ribicoff of Connecticut was elected to the US House of Representatives.
    (SFC, 2/23/98, p.A5)
1948        Chester Bowles (1901-1986) was elected governor of Connecticut and served one term, during which time he signed into law an end to segregation in the state national guard.

1949        Mar 2, 1st automatic street light was in New Milford, CT.
    (SC, 3/2/02)

1951        William F. Buckley Jr. (b.1925), Yale graduate, authored “God and Man at Yale." It exposed the extraordinarily irresponsible educational attitude that prevailed at his alma mater.

1952        Jun 14, The USS Nautilus, the first atomic submarine, was dedicated in Groton, Connecticut.
    (HN, 6/14/98)

1952        The organization Promoting Enduring Peace was founded in Woodmont, Conn. It sponsored friendship tours to the Soviet Union, China, Nicaragua, Cuba and Costa Rica.
    (SFC, 6/14/97, p.C2)

1952        Abraham Ribicoff lost his bid for the US Senate to Prescott S. Bush, the father of later Pres. George Bush.
    (SFC, 2/23/98, p.A5)

1953        Sep 1, Henry Molaison (1926-2008) of Connecticut, suffering from severe epilepsy, underwent surgery in which most of his brain’s medial temporal lobes were removed. The procedure failed to cure him, but from that point on he was unable to form a new long-term memory. In 2016 Luke Dittrich authored “Patient H.M.: A Story of memory, Madness, and Family Secrets."
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Molaison)(Econ, 8/20/16, p.71)

1954        Jan 21, The first atomic submarine, the USS Nautilus, was launched at Groton, Conn. However, the Nautilus did not make its first nuclear-powered run until nearly a year later.
    (AP, 1/21/08)

1954        Sep 30, The first atomic-powered vessel, the submarine Nautilus, was commissioned by the Navy in Groton, Connecticut. It was launched Jan 21.
    (AP, 9/30/97)(AP, 1/21/98)(HN, 9/30/98)

1954        Abraham Ribicoff was elected Governor of Connecticut and served two terms (1955-61).
    (SFC, 2/23/98, p.A5)(www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/JFKribicoff.htm)

1955        Aug 17, Hurricane Diane followed hurricane Connie and flooded the Connecticut River killing 190 and doing $1.8 billion in damage.
    (SC, 8/17/02)

1956        Jan 10, The US Navy established its first nuclear power school at Submarine Base, New London, Connecticut.
    (AH, 2/06, p.14)

1957        Jan 22, Suspected "Mad Bomber" George P. Metesky, accused of planting more than 30 explosive devices in the New York City area, was arrested in Waterbury, Conn. He was later found mentally ill and committed to a mental hospital; he was released in 1973, and died in 1994 at age 90.
    (AP, 1/22/98)(AP, 1/22/04)

1957        Jonel Perlea (1900-1970), Romania-born composer, became the principal conductor of the Connecticut Symphony and continued there for ten years.

1958        Dr. Aaron Lerner (1920-2007) led a Yale team in the discovery of melatonin, a hormone from the pineal gland in the brain. They had hoped that a substance from the pineal gland might be useful in treating skin diseases. It was later found to regulate human sleep-wake cycles.
    (SFC, 2/19/07, p.B4)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pineal_gland)(Econ, 5/16/15, p.73)

1959        Jun 9, The first ballistic missile carrying submarine, the USS George Washington, was launched at Groton, Ct.
    (HN 6/9/98)(MC, 6/9/02)

1960        May 17, Connecticut executed Joseph "Mad Dog" Taborsky in the electric chair for a series of murders and robberies.

1960        Stanley Milgram began experiments at Yale Univ. on the psychology of torture. His groundbreaking article “Behavioral Study of Obedience," was published on Oct 15, 1963, in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology. His experiments created a paradigm for considering how cruel people can be when they are “only obeying orders." In 2004 Thomas Blass authored “The Man Who Shocked the World: The Life and Legacy of Stanley Milgram."
    (SSFC, 7/4/04, p.M6)(SAM, 10/08, p,24)

1960s        In Bridgeport, Conn., the Rev. Laurence Brett molested young Frank Martinelli. In 1997 the Bridgeport Roman Catholic Diocese was found guilty for breach of duty and failure to investigate for other victims and awarded Martinelli (50) $750,000. The good Rev. could not be found.
    (SFC, 8/26/97, p.E4)

1961        Robert Dahl (1915-2014), American political theorist, authored “Who Governs? Democracy and Power in an American City" (1961). The book examined the political workings of New Haven, Conn.
    (SFC, 2/10/14, p.C4)
1961        Connecticut Governor Abraham Ribicoff resigned to serve as a member of Pres. Kennedy’s Cabinet. He served as HEW secretary for one year.
    (SFC, 2/23/98, p.A5)

1962        Abraham Ribicoff was elected to the US Senate. He was re-elected in 1968 and 1974.
    (SFC, 2/23/98, p.A5)

1965        The Supreme Court ruled in Griswold vs. Connecticut to invalidate a state law prohibiting the use of contraceptives. The court ruled that the government cannot regulate a married couple's use of birth control.
    (SFC, 1/22/98, p.A22)(NW, 6/30/03, p.44)

1967        Jan 15, Some 462 Yale faculty members called for an end to the bombing in North Vietnam.
    (HN, 1/15/99)

1967        Jun 23, The US Senate voted to censure Democrat Thomas J. Dodd of Connecticut for using campaign money for personal uses.
    (AP, 6/23/07)

1968        Jan 5, The US Justice Dept. indicted Dr. Benjamin Spock, Rev. William Coffin of Yale (1924-2006) and 3 others for conspiring to violate draft law.
    (SFC, 4/13/06, p.B7)

1968        May 14, Adm. Husband Edward Kimmel (b.1882), commandant US Ocean fleet WW II, died in Connecticut. Some historians, such as submariner Captain Edward L. "Ned" Beach, later believed Admiral Kimmel and Army Lieutenant General Walter Short became scapegoats for the failures of their superiors prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor and that their careers were effectively and unfairly ruined.

1968        Jun 1, Author-lecturer Helen Keller (87), who earned a college degree despite being blind and deaf most of her life, died in Westport, Conn.
    (AP, 6/1/97)(MC, 6/1/02)

1968        Aug 28, Connecticut Senator Abraham Ribicoff (1910-1998) nominated George McGovern for the US Presidency and strongly criticized Chicago’s Mayor Daly for his strong-arm tactics in controlling protestors at the Democratic National Convention.
    (SFC, 2/23/98, p.A5)(www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/abrahamribicoff1968dnc.htm)

1968        Nov 14, In Connecticut Yale University announced its plan to go co-ed.
    (HN, 11/14/98)

1969        May 20, In Connecticut Warren Kimbro (d.2009 at 74), a member of the Black Panthers, fatally shot Alex Rackley (19), another member of the Black Panthers, who was believed to be an FBI informant. The shooting was ordered by George Sams, a local Black Panther leader. Prosecutors later alleged that Bobby Seale had ordered the murder.
    (AP, 2/11/09)

1969        Sep 1, There was a race riot in Hartford, Connecticut.
1970        Jul 29, Six days of race rioting began in Hartford, Ct.

1971        Libby Holman, singer, committed suicide in the garage of her 110-acre, 30-room, Treetops mansion. Jon Bradshaw later authored her biography.
    (WSJ, 12/6/00, p.B14)

1971-1986    The Hexagon KH-9 space spy satellite program, dubbed "Big Bird," was centered in Danbury, Connecticut. During this period total of 19 of 20 satellites were successfully launched, each containing 60 miles of film and cameras that orbited the earth snapping photographs of the Soviet Union, China and other potential foes. The film was shot back through the earth's atmosphere in buckets that parachuted over the Pacific Ocean, where C-130 Air Force planes snagged them with grappling hooks. The program was declassified in Sep 2011. Perkin-Elmer was awarded the top secret contract in 1966.
    (AP, 12/25/11)

1972        Oct 26, Igor Sikorsky (b.1889), Ukraine-born helicopter pioneer, died in Connecticut.
    (HNPD, 10/27/98)(ON, 3/06, p.5)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Igor_Sikorsky)

1973        Reginald Harold Jones (d.2003) took over as the 7th head of General Electric, based in Fairfield, Conn., succeeding Fred Borch (1967-1972). Jones was followed by John Welch Jr. (1981-2001).
    (SFC, 1/2/04, p.A18)

1974        Nov 5, Ella T. Grasso was elected governor of Connecticut, the first woman to win a gubernatorial office without succeeding her husband.
    (AP, 11/5/98)

1974        Mort Walker, creator of the Beetle Bailey cartoon character, opened the National Cartoon Museum in Greenwich, Conn. The museum moved a few times before closing in 2002. In 2008 Ohio State Univ. received the collection and planned to make it available for all to see.
    (WSJ, 7/16/08, p.A14)

1975        Oct 30, Martha Moxley, 15-years-old, was bludgeoned to death with a gulf club in Greenwich, Conn., on Halloween eve. The last person to see her was 17-year-old Thomas Skakel, a nephew of Ethel Kennedy. No one has ever been charged. Michael (15) and Thomas (17) Skakel were suspects. Michael Skakel was charged with the killing in 2000. The 1993 novel "A Season in Purgatory" by Dominick Dunne, and "Murder in Greenwich" by Mark Fuhrman in 1998 were based on this murder. In 2002 a jury found Skakel guilty of murder. He was sentenced 20 years to life in prison.
    (WSJ, 5/6/96, p.A-11)(SFC, 10/17/98, p.A6)(SFC, 6/8/02, p.A1)(WSJ, 8/29/02, p.A1)

1975        Ray Dalio founded Bridgewater Associates in Connecticut. By 2016 it was the world’s largest hedge fund.
    (SFC, 5/31/16, p.D2)
1975        Lyme disease was first recognized in Lyme, Conn.
    (SFEC, 8/15/99, Z1 p.8)

1976        Jan 30, The play "Streamers" by David Rabe (b.1940) premiered at the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, Connecticut.
    (SFEC, 5/30/99, DB p.37)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streamers)

1979        The Pritzker Prize, an Int’l. for award for Architecture, was begun by Jay Pritzker, founder of the Hyatt Hotel chain. The first winner was Philip Johnson for his Glass House in New Canaan, Conn.
    (SFC, 9/5/97, p.A24)(SFEC, 1/24/99, p.D8)(WSJ, 6/15/99, p.A16)

1980        May 21, Ensign Jean Marie Butler became the first woman to graduate from a U.S. service academy as she accepted her degree and commission from the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn.
    (AP, 5/21/00)

1980s        Dean Kamen, inventor, bought North Dumpling Island, 3 acres off the Connecticut coast. His inventions included the 1st portable insulin pump.
    (SSFC, 4/8/01, p.B3)

1982        Jun 4, A 4-day storm began in New England. It deluged Connecticut with 14 inches of rain, breaking 23 dams and destroying two. Damages were estimated at close to $276 million.
    (SFC, 6/4/09, p.D10)

1983        Jun 28, A 100-foot span of the Mianus River Bridge, part of Interstate 95 in Connecticut, collapsed without warning in the middle of the night, leaving 3 dead and three injured.

1983        Sep 12, Filiberto Ojeda Rios (d.2005), a Puerto Rican nationalist leader, was involved in the robbery of a Connecticut armored truck. It was considered an act of domestic terrorism because the money was used to fund activities by the Puerto Rican nationalist Macheteros, or Cane Cutters. Only about $80,000 of the $7 million was recovered. In 2005 Rios was shot and killed by FBI agents in Puerto Rico. In 2008 Avelino Gonzalez Claudio (65), a Puerto Rican militant suspected in the Connecticut robbery, was arrested in Puerto Rico, where he lived quietly under an assumed name. In 2011 FBI agents arrested Norberto Gonzalez Claudio, one of two remaining fugitives from the robbery.
    (www.amw.com/fugitives/case.cfm?id=24432)(AP, 9/25/05)(AP, 2/8/08)(SFC, 5/11/11, p.A2)

1983        The Pequot Indians won federal recognition.
    (WSJ, 9/3/98, p.A16)

1984        Dec 19, The NY Times reported that  33 unknown Bach keyboard works had been found in the Yale library and authenticated by Harvard professor Christoph Wolff.

1984        Michael Ross, former life-insurance salesman, was arrested in Connecticut. He had strangled at least 6 girls and young women. He later pleaded guilty to 2 killings in 1985 and was convicted of 4 killings in 1987. He was sentenced to death in 1997 and signed a letter in 1998 to be executed. Ross was executed May 13, 2005.
    (SFC, 3/26/98, p.A6)(Econ, 1/22/05, p.31)(SSFC, 1/30/05, p.A10)(SFC, 5/14/05, p.A4)

1984        Pan American Satellite (PanAmSat) was founded in Greenwich, Connecticut, as part of Alpha Lyracom under Rene Anselmo (1926-1995). The company orbited a series of communications satellites providing television broadcast to the US and Latin American markets. In 1996 it merged with Hughes Galaxy.

1985        Actor Paul Newman founded the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Connecticut for children afflicted with cancer and other serious diseases.
    (Hem., 10/97, p.24)

1985        Betsey Cushing Roosevelt Whitney (d.1998 at 89) donated $8 million to Yale Medical School for the Harvey Cushing-John Hay Whitney Medical Library.
    (SFC, 3/26/98, p.B4)

1986         Feb 10, In Darien, Conn., Alex Kelly (18) raped 16-year-old Adrienne Bak Ortolano. Four days later he raped another girl. While preparing for trial after he was arrested and out on bail, Kelly fled the country and eluded charges for 8 years. Kelly stayed in Europe for nearly 10 years, presumably financed by his parents. In 1995, he was captured in Switzerland and extradited back to the United States to face trial. He faced two criminal trials in 1997. The first trial resulted in a mistrial. In the second trial he was convicted of the first rape and sentenced to 18 years in jail. He pleaded no contest to the second rape charge. His next parole hearing is scheduled in 2008, conditional on good behavior.
    (SFC,12/22/97, p.A3)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_Andrew_Kelly)

1986        May 25, Chester Bowles (b.1901), US senator, ambassador, died in Connecticut. Bowles was elected to the governorship of Connecticut in 1948 and served one term, during which time he signed into law an end to segregation in the state national guard.

1986        Sep 3, In Connecticut Barbara Pelkey (30) of Wallingford, a New Haven suburb, was raped and murdered. Kenneth Ireland (20) was convicted in 1989 and sentenced to 50 years in prison. In 2009 Ireland was released from prison and granted a new trial after DNA testing showed he could not have committed the crime.

1986        In Connecticut the John Day Jackson Trust sold the New Haven Register and Journal-Courier newspapers to Ingersoll Publications for an estimated $185 million. The Journal Register Co. later bought the papers.
    (SFC, 9/4/99, p.A25)
1986        Paul Newman’s 1st Hole in the Wall camp for critically ill children opened in Connecticut. In 1993 the Double H Camp (health and happiness) opened in the woods of the southern Adirondacks for campers whose diagnoses ranged from cancer to muscular dystrophy. Double H opened after the late amusement park developer Charles Wood proposed to Paul Newman that they convert an old dude ranch into a second Hole in the Wall camp. New camps followed and a 9th was set to open in Israel in 2007.
1986        The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation opened its first bingo hall in Connecticut.
    (Econ, 5/17/08, p.40)

1987        Apr 23, In Connecticut 28 construction workers were killed when an apartment complex being built in Bridgeport collapsed.
    (AP, 4/23/97)

1987        Benjamin Sisti built a 56,000 sq. foot mansion in Farmington, a suburb of Hartford. He was later jailed for real estate fraud. In 1996 Mike Tyson, prof. boxer bought the house for around 3 mil. In 1997 Tyson put the remodeled house up for sale at 22 mil.
    (WSJ, 5/23/97, p.B1)

1988        James Calvin Tillman (26) was arrested in Connecticut for alleged abduction and rape. He was convicted in 1989 and sentenced to 45 years in prison. In 2006 he was released from prison after tests showed that forensic evidence from the crime scene did not match his DNA.

1989        Feb 6, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Barbara W. Tuchman died in Greenwich, Conn., at age 77.
    (AP, 2/6/99)

1989        Aug 26, A team from Trumbull, Conn., became the first American team since 1983 to win the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.
    (AP, 8/26/99)

1989        The Mashantucket Pequot Indians began the Pequot Pharmaceutical Network, a small health service for their members and employees. In 10 years it grew to a $15 million business based on drug prices acquired at government rates.
    (SFC, 6/19/99, p.A3)

1991        Jun 19, Two of Mia Farrow's daughters were arrested in Danbury, Conn., for shoplifting lingerie.

1992        Mar 2, Actress Sandy Dennis died in Westport, Conn., at age 54.
    (AP, 3/2/02)

1992        Mar 24, Democrat Jerry Brown upset front-runner Bill Clinton in the Connecticut presidential primary.
    (AP, 3/23/97)

1992        The Foxwoods Casino, the biggest gaming complex in the Western Hemisphere, opened on the Pequot Reservation at Mashantucket, Conn. The number of Pequots numbered about 550. In 2001 Kim Isaac Eisler authored "Revenge of the Pequots."
    (WSJ, 9/3/98, p.A16)(WSJ, 2/8/00, p.A20)

1993        Dec 5, In Connecticut Theodore Edwards (77), a restaurant custodian, was fatally shot in Bridgeport. In 2020 Danarius Dukes (44) and Eric Brown (46) were taken into custody and charged with felony murder.
    (https://tinyurl.com/y7o6ck7k)(SSFC, 7/5/20, p.A6)

1994        Jan, A US warrant was issued for the arrest of Isaac Amuah, a son-in-law of former South Africa President Nelson Mandela. He was charged with raping a US woman at his home in Connecticut in 1993. He went to South Africa before trial and never went back to the United States. On Feb 11, 2011, A South African judge decided not to extradite Amuah.
    (Reuters, 2/11/11)

1995        Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma was given permission by the FDA to market a powerful new opioid called OxyContin for moderate pain. In 2007 the company and three executives were fined $634 million for false branding and the drug was re-engineered and made more difficult to abuse.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purdue_Pharma#Oxycontin-related_lawsuits)(Econ, 8/1/15, p.72)

1996        Mar, Northeast Utilities closed its Millstone nuclear power plant under pressure from the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission due to safety problems.
    (WSJ, 3/12/98, p.A1)

1996        Dec 9-1996 Dec 10, David Coffin Jr., heir to a Connecticut family that founded the Dexter Corp., was killed. In 2005 Scott Winfield Davis (40), was arrested in Palo Alto, Ca., for the Atlanta shooting death of David Coffin Jr. Initial charges against Davis were dropped in 1998 due to insufficient evidence.
    (SFC, 11/19/05, p.B3)

1997        Apr 8, Singer and songwriter Laura Nyro (b.1947) died in Danbury, Conn., at age 49 of ovarian cancer. In 2012 she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
    (SFC, 4/10/97, p.A23)(AP, 4/8/98)(SSFC, 4/15/12, p.A9)

1997        Jul 4, Ritt Goldstein, a businessman from Danbury, Conn., arrived in Sweden and sought political asylum. He claimed to be persecuted in the US for his crusade for civilian oversight of the police.
    (SFC, 10/14/98, p.A10)

1997        Aug 8, Frances Burge (22) was found hanged with a rope from the back deck of one of two mansions owned by Martin R. Frankel. Her death was ruled a suicide. [see Frankel May 5, 1999]
    (SFC, 7/13/99, p.A3)

1997         Sep 30, In Waterbury, Conn., Todd Joseph Rizzo (18), recently discharged from the Marines, bludgeoned to death Stanley Edwards IV (13) to see what it felt like to kill. In 1999, a jury sentenced him to die. In 2003, the state Supreme Court overturned that sentence because Judge William Holden had not properly instructed the jury.
     (SFC, 10/3/97, p.A6)(www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1407662/posts)

1998        Feb 22, Former senator and governor Abraham Ribicoff died at age 87.
    (SFC, 2/23/98, p.A5)

1998        Mar 6, Matthew Beck (35), a Connecticut state lottery accountant, shot to death three supervisors and the lottery chief before killing himself.
    (SFC, 3/7/98, p.A3)(AP, 3/6/99)

1998        Mar 27, Joe Sobek, the inventor of racquetball almost 50 years ago, died in Greenwich at age 79.
    (SFC, 4/1/98, p.C2)

1998        Aug 11, The 308,000 sq.-foot Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center opened in Mashantucket, Conn.
    (WSJ, 8/11/98, p.A16)

1998        Sep 6, Connecticut Dr. George Reardon (b.1930) died. He began abusing children in the 1950s as a young doctor in Albany, New York, and continued in Connecticut through the 1980s. In 2011 a jury found St. Francis Hospital in Hartford at fault for failing to protect young patients from abuse by Dr. Reardon. A man who said he suffered abuse as an 8-year-old was awarded $2.75 million.
    (SFC, 7/9/11, p.A5)(http://tinyurl.com/3s682nb)

1998        Dec 29, Franklyn Reid (27) was shot in the back and killed by police officer Scott Smith (27). Officer Smith of New Milford was later charged with murder.
    (SFC, 3/17/99, p.A3)

1998        The homes of 7 families at the abandoned submarine base of Fort Trumbull, Connecticut, were compulsorily purchased by the New London Development Corporation (NLDC), a private non-profit body. In 2005 in Kelo vs. New London a divided US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that local governments may seize people's homes and businesses against their will for private development.
    (Econ, 2/19/05, p.31)(AP, 6/23/05)(WSJ, 6/24/05, p.A1)

1999        Jan 8, In Bridgeport Leroy Brown Jr. (8) and his mother Karen Clarke (30) were found murdered. They had been killed the previous day. The boy had witnessed a drive-by shooting and identified Russell Peeler (27) as the gunman. Adrian Peeler (22) was arrested in North Carolina on Jan 21. He had escaped from a halfway house in April and was sought for questioning. In 1999 Russell and Adrian Peeler were charged with murder, conspiracy and other charges. Peeler was convicted in 2000.
    (SFC, 1/12/99, p.A2)(SFC, 1/22/99, p.A3)(SFC, 4/15/99, p.A3)

1999        May 4, Martin Frankel flew to Rome on a chartered jet from White Plains N.Y. with two women, Mona Kim and Jackie Ju. It was later learned that he was responsible for over 200 million in missing insurance funds. [see May 5]
    (WSJ, 7/16/99, p.A1)

1999        May 5, A fire at the home of Martin R. Frankel in Greenwich, Conn., triggered an investigation that unveiled his disappearance along with some $218 million. The St. Francis of Assisi Foundation was set up by Frankel and used as a front to help gain control of insurance money. The amount missing was raised to $335 million. Frankel vanished with as much as $3 billion in client's money. Early the following day a fleet of security personnel associated with Mr. Frankel accepted a delivery of $10 million in diamonds at Teterboro airport in NJ.
    (WSJ, 6/21/99, p.C1)(WSJ, 6/22/99, p.C1)(SFC, 6/23/99, p.A3)(WSJ, 7/8/99, p.C25)

1999        Jun, Jackie McLean, saxophonist, opened the $7 million community center for the arts in Hartford, Conn.
    (SFEM, 10/3/99, p.10)

1999        Jul 26, It was reported that the state had agreed in June to pay out as much as $17 million to people whose phones were improperly tapped by state police between 1979-1989,
    (USAT, 7/26/99, p.4A)

1999        Sep 4, Martin R. Frankel, a Connecticut money manager, accused of cheating insurance companies in five states out of more than $200 million, was arrested in at the Hotel Prem in Hamburg, Germany.  In 2002 Frankel pleaded guilty to multiple charges in a New Haven federal court.
    (SFEC, 9/5/99, p.A6)(AP, 9/4/00)(WSJ, 5/16/02, p.C9)

1999        Dec 12, Paul Cadmus, artist, died at age 94. He applied his virtuosic figurative style to subjects ranging from social satire to male nudes.
    (SFC, 12/15/99, p.B2)

2000        May 1, In East Haddam Michael Dombrowski (13) and Jeffrey Barton (15) were killed after they intentionally crashed an old Ford Bronco into a tree on Route 151 where Michael’s older brother Daniel and a friend were killed 6 months earlier.
    (SFC, 5/3/00, p.A1)

2000        Aug 7, Vice Pres. Al Gore chose Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman, an Orthodox Jew, as his running mate.
    (SFC, 8/8/00, p.A1)

2000        Dec 26, Jason Robards (78), stage and film actor and winner of 2 Oscars and 1 Tony Award, died in Bridgeport, Conn.
    (SFC, 12/27/00, p.A1)(AP, 12/26/01)

2000        Yale Prof. Robert Shiller authored “Irrational Exuberance."

2000        David Swenson, Yale’s chief investment officer, authored “Pioneering Portfolio Management: An Unconventional Approach to Institutional Investment."
    (Econ, 12/13/08, p.88)

2000        Xiangzhong “Jerry" Yang (d.2009 at 49), persudaded Connecticut to establish a $20 million Center for Regenerative Biology at Storrs. In 1999 Yang helped clone a calf named Amy, the first farm animal cloned in the US.
    (SFC, 2/12/09, p.B4)

2001        Feb 22, Leo Connellan, state poet laureate, died at age 72. His books included “Crossing America," “Provincetown and Other Poems," and “The Clear Blue Lobster-Water Country."
    (SFC, 2/26/01, p.A24)

2001        May 25, It was reported that 2 spent nuclear fuel rods had disappeared from a power plant.
    (WSJ, 5/25/01, p.A1)

2001        Oct 31, In Connecticut Joseph Ganim (42), the mayor of Bridgeport, was charged in a federal racketeering indictment with soliciting over $425,000 in bribes.
    (SFC, 11/1/01, p.C2)

2001        Nov 3, In Norwich 4 children under 13 died in a house fire, while their mother was at work.
    (SSFC, 11/4/01, p.A17)

2001        Nov 21, Ottilie W. Lundgren (94) of Oxford, Conn., died of inhalational anthrax in a case that baffled investigators.
    (SFC, 11/21/01, p.A10)(AP, 11/21/02)

2001        Dec 31, Actress Eileen Heckart died in Norwalk, Conn., at age 82.
    (AP, 12/31/02)

2002        Feb 8, In Griswold Paul Brown shot and killed his son Brian Brown (5) with a shotgun in the back of the head.
    (SFC, 2/28/02, p.E10)

2002        Mar 11, James Tobin (b.1918), a key Kennedy advisor and economics Nobelist (portfolio theory, 1981), died in New Haven, Conn. He developed the ideas of Keynesian economics, and advocated government intervention to stabilize output and avoid recessions. Outside of academia, Tobin was widely known for his suggestion of a tax on foreign exchange transactions, later known as the "Tobin tax."
    (WSJ, 3/13/02, p.A1)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Tobin)

2002        Mar 31, Connecticut beat Oklahoma 82-70 to conclude its second unbeaten season with a third women's national championship.
    (AP, 3/31/03)

2002        May 15, Financier Martin Frankel pleaded guilty in New Haven, Conn., to pulling off one of the most brazen swindles Wall Street had ever seen. In 2004 Frankel (50) was sentenced to over 16 years in prison.
    (AP, 5/15/03)(SFC, 12/11/04, p.A3)

2002        Jun 7, Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel was convicted in Norwalk, Conn., of beating Greenwich neighbor Martha Moxley to death when they were 15 in 1975.
    (AP, 6/7/03)

2002        Jun 12, Bill Blass (b.1922), fashion designer, died of throat cancer in New Preston, Conn. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Blass).
    (SFC, 6/13/02, p.A23)

2002        Aug 13, An explosion at a condominium complex in West Haven killed 2 people. Natural gas was suspected.
    (SFC, 8/13/02, p.A5)

2002        Aug 29, A judge in Norwalk, Conn., sentenced Michael Skakel, a Kennedy cousin, to 20 years to life in prison for the 1975 murder with a golf club of Connecticut neighbor Martha Moxley.
    (WSJ, 8/30/02, p.A1)(AP, 8/29/03)

2003        Jan 24, The Bush administration’s smallpox vaccine program was launched in Connecticut with 4 doctors getting shots.
    (SFC, 1/25/03, p.A4)(WSJ, 1/27/03, p.A1)

2003          Feb 26, In Hartford, Conn., a nursing home fire at the Greenwood Health Center killed 16 residents. A patient charged with setting the blaze was later ruled incompetent to stand trial.
    (SFC, 2/27/03, A5)(AP, 2/26/08)

2003        Mar 25, Former Waterbury, Conn., Mayor Philip Giordano was convicted by a federal jury of violating the civil rights of two preteen girls by sexually abusing them. Giordano was later sentenced to 37 years in federal prison.
    (AP, 3/25/04)

2003        Apr 8, Connecticut won its second straight NCAA women's basketball championship, defeating Tennessee 73-68.
    (AP, 4/8/04)

2003        Jun 13, Philip Giordano, former 3-term mayor of Waterbury, Conn., was sentenced to 37 years in federal prison for having oral sex with 2 young girls while in office.
    (SFC, 6/14/03, p.A3)

2003        Jun 15, Hume Cronyn (91), stage and film star, died in Fairfield, Conn.
    (SFC, 6/17/03, p.A21)

2003        Jun 29, Katharine Hepburn (96), film actress, died at Old Saybrook, Conn. Her Oscars were for "Morning Glory" (1933); "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" (1967); "The Lion in Winter" (1968); and "On Golden Pond" (1981). Her books included "Me: Stories from My Life" (1991).
    (AP, 6/30/03)(SFC, 6/30/03, p.A11)

2003        Oct 16, The Bridgeport, Conn. Diocese announced a $21 million settlement with 40 people who said they had been molested by priests when they were children.
    (SFC, 10/17/03, p.A7)

2003        Nov 9, Art Carney (85) died in Chester, Conn. He played Jackie Gleason's sewer worker pal Ed Norton in the TV classic "The Honeymooners" and went on to win the 1974 Oscar for best actor in "Harry and Tonto."
    (AP, 11/11/03)

2004        Jan 19, Connecticut Gov. Rowland said he's looking forward to a legislative investigation on charges that he accepted free gifts and work on a vacation cottage.
    (USAT, 1/20/04, p.12A)(Econ, 1/17/04, p.25)

2004        Jan 27, Jack Paar (85), TV host, died in Greenwich, Conn. The "Jack Paar Tonight Show" ran from 1957-1965 and "The Jack Paar Program" ran from 1962-1965. His 1960 memoir was titled "I Kid You Not," which was also his signature line.
    (SFC, 1/28/04, p.A2)

2004        Feb 17, In Connecticut 2 cranes collapsed at a bridge construction site and one worker was killed.
    (WSJ, 2/18/04, p.A1)

2004        Mar 25, In Connecticut an oil truck crashed on I-95 causing a fires and structural damage to a bridge.
    (WSJ, 3/26/04, p.A1)

2004        Apr 5, Univ. of Connecticut won the basketball NCAA finals over Georgia Tech 82-73.
    (WSJ, 4/6/04, p.A1)

2004        Apr 6, The University of Connecticut's women's basketball team beat Tennessee 70-61 to win a third consecutive NCAA title, a day after UConn also won the men's championship.
    (AP, 4/6/05)

2004        Jun 21, Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland announced his resignation, amid a federal corruption investigation and a growing move to impeach him.
    (AP, 6/21/04)

2004        Jul 1, Connecticut’s Republican Lt. Gov. M. Jodi Rell (b.1946) became state governor following the resignation of Gov. John Rowland. She was elected to her own term in 2006.
    (SFC, 11/10/09, p.A8)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M._Jodi_Rell)

2004        Dec 23, Former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland, driven from office by a corruption scandal, pleaded guilty to a single federal charge that carries a sentence of up to five years in prison. He was later sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison.
    (AP, 12/23/05)

2005        Mar 18, Former Connecticut 3-term Gov. John G. Rowland was sentenced to a year in prison after pleading guilty to a single federal corruption charge.
    (SFC, 3/19/05, p.A4)

2005        Apr 20, Gov. Jodi Rell signed legislation making Connecticut the 2nd state after Vermont to offer civil unions to gay couples.
    (SFC, 4/21/05, p.A3)

2005        May 13, Michael Ross (45), a serial killer who fought to hasten his own execution and was forced to prove he wasn't out of his mind, was put to death in Connecticut in New England's first execution in 45 years.
    (AP, 5/13/05)

2005        Jun 23, In Kelo vs. London a divided US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that local governments may seize people's homes and businesses against their will for private development. In 2006 a group petitioned for signatures in Weare, New Hampshire, to seize the home of Justice David Souter in order to build an inn called the Lost Liberty Hotel. In 2009 Jeff Benedict authored “Little Pink House," the story of Susette Kelo’s battle in New London, Connecticut, against eminent domain.
    (AP, 6/23/05)(WSJ, 6/24/05, p.A1)(Econ, 8/20/05, p.21)(SSFC, 1/22/06, p.A6)(WSJ, 1/26/08, p.A13)

2005        Aug 22, Connecticut sued the federal government seeking relief from a requirement that it scrap its own education testing program in favor of one the state said will not help children but will cost millions.
    (SFC, 8/23/05, p.A4)

2005        Aug 24, A federal commission voted against closing the New London submarine base in Groton, Conn., and the Portsmouth shipyard in Kittery, Maine.
    (AP, 8/24/06)

2005        Sep 28, A high-speed Amtrak Acela hit a car at a crossing in Waterford, Conn., killing 2 people and causing major Northeast Corridor delays.
    (WSJ, 9/29/05, p.A1)

2005        Aug 29, A Connecticut man known on the Internet as "illwill" pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court to charges relating to the theft of the source code to Microsoft Corp.'s Windows operating software, considered among the company's crown jewels. William Genovese, Jr. (28) admitted selling the source code for Windows 2000 and Windows NT 4.0. On January 27, 2006, he was sentenced to 2 years in jail.
    (AP, 8/29/05)(www.usdoj.gov/criminal/cybercrime/genovesePlea.htm)

2005        Oct 1, In Connecticut legislation permitting same-sex civil unions took effect.
    (SSFC, 10/2/05, p.A5)

2005        Oct 7, Charles Rocket (56), actor and comedian, died of apparent suicide near his home in Connecticut. Rocket was a cast member of Saturday Night Live during the 1980-81 season.
    (SFC, 10/18/05, p.B4)

2005        Nov 1, Skitch Henderson (87), the Grammy-winning conductor who lent his musical expertise to Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby before founding the New York Pops (1983) and becoming the first "Tonight Show" bandleader (1954), died in New Haven, Conn.
    (AP, 11/2/05)

2006        Feb 27, Connecticut state officials said Venezuela will provide 4.8 million gallons of heating oil at a 40% discount to households that qualify for state home heat assistance. Venezuela has also sent shipments to Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Vermont. The Bronx in New York City also joined the program.
    (Reuters, 2/27/06)

2006        Mar 3, It was reported that Save the Children USA, a Connecticut-based humanitarian organization, will withdraw from Iraq due to deteriorating security there.
    (SFC, 3/3/06, p.A3)

2006        May 2, Louis Rukeyser (73) died in Connecticut. The best-selling author, columnist, lecturer and television host had delivered pun-filled, commonsense commentary on complicated business and economic news.
    (AP, 5/3/06)

2006        Jun 18, Donald Reilly, prominent cartoonist, died in Norwalk, Con. His work included 1,107 cartoons and 16 covers for the New Yorker magazine.
    (SFC, 6/21/06, p.B7)

2006        Jun 22, In Connecticut E. Forbes Smiley III (50), of Martha's Vineyard, Mass., admitted in federal court that he had stolen nearly 100 rare maps worth about $3 million in a case that sent librarians and investigators scurrying to review collections and recover stolen treasures.
    (AP, 6/24/06)

2006        Aug 8, Voters in Connecticut rejected three-term Sen. Joe Lieberman for Ned Lamont, a political newcomer, in the nation's first major test of the depth of anger over the Iraq war. Lieberman ended up winning re-election to the Senate by running as an independent.
    (AP, 8/9/06)(AP, 8/8/07)

2006        Nov 7, Joe Lieberman, running as an independent, won the Connecticut Senate race over Ned Lamont with 52% of the vote.
    (Econ, 11/11/06, p.37)

2006        Dec 15, New US rules went into effect governing the reporting of public sector pension assets. A number of US states faced pension asset shortfalls. Taxpayers in Connecticut and Rhode Island faced some $3500 in unfunded liabilities per citizen. California faced $49 billion in unfunded pension liabilities.
    (Econ, 11/18/06, p.36)

2007        Mar 13, Federal agents in Connecticut raided New Haven police headquarters and charged the head of the narcotics division with stealing thousands of dollars planted by the FBI during sting operations.
    (AP, 3/14/07)

2007        Mar 29, Robert Marshall Vignola (50) of Hamden, Conn., an American entrepreneur who introduced foreign men to "young, sexy, exotic and beautiful Latin Women" via the Internet, was killed in the western city of Cali by gunmen on a motorcycle.
    (AP, 4/1/07)

2007        Apr 8, Sol LeWitt (b.1928), Connecticut-based artist, photographer and sculptor, died in NY. He was known for his dynamic wall paintings and as a founder of minimal and conceptual art styles. “LeWitt brought about a fundamental shift in taste with sculptures and drawings that put thought rather than feeling, ideas rather than aesthetics at the forefront."
    (SFC, 4/10/07, p.D9)(WSJ, 4/21/07, p.P16)(SFC, 3/26/11, p.E1)

2007        May 4, Reuters Group PLC said that it had received a preliminary takeover approach. The bidder was identified as Thomson Corp., a financial data and information provider based in Stamford, Conn., owned by the Thomson family of Canada.
    (AP, 5/4/07)(http://tinyurl.com/2m8qt5)

2007        May 8, News and information company Reuters Group PLC and financial data provider Thomson Corp. confirmed that they are discussing a combination of their businesses that values Reuters at more than $17 billion.
    (AP, 5/8/07)

2007        May 15, Reuters agreed to a $17.2 billion takeover by the Thomson family of Canada that would vault the combined entity ahead of Bloomberg to become the world's largest financial data and news provider.
    (AP, 5/15/07)

2007        Jun 6, Adam Gault (41), a dog trainer in Bloomfield, Conn., was arrested with two women who lived in his home after police with a search warrant found a missing 15-year-old girl locked in a hidden room in the house. The girl had vanished last June. Gault later pleaded guilty to kidnapping and sexually assaulting the girl.
    (AP, 6/7/07)(AP, 6/6/08)

2007        Jun, New Haven, Connecticut, passed a proposal through the board of aldermen 25 to 1 for an ID card to be made available to immigrants on July 24. The mayor was supportive, Yale Law School provided legal representation, and local immigrant-rights groups lobbied for it. The first cards were issued in July.
    (CSM, 7/17/07)(Econ, 8/4/07, p.29)

2007        Jul 4, In Bridgeport, Conn., a mother and 3 children drowned after their van rolled into a park pond.
    (SFC, 7/6/07, p.A7)

2007        Jul 23, Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters were killed during a violent home invasion in Cheshire, Conn. Dr. William Petit, was badly beaten but escaped. His wife and one daughter were sexually assaulted. The girls, aged 11 and 17, were tied to their beds, doused in gasoline, and left to die in a fire. Steven Hayes (44) and Joshua Komisarjevsky (27), on parole at the time for other burglaries, were accused of their murder. Prosecutors later said they will seek the death penalty. On Nov 8, 2010, Hayes was sentenced to death. Komisarjevsky was convicted of murder in 2011 and was sentenced to death. In 2013 HBO aired “The Cheshire Murders," a documentary based on the case.
    (AP, 7/23/08)(AP, 10/5/10)(SFC, 11/27/10, p.A5)(SFC, 10/14/11, p.A6)(SFC, 12/10/11, p.A6)(SFC, 7/22/13, p.E1)

2007        Aug 20, Leona Helmsley (87), the NYC hotelier who went to prison as a tax cheat and was reviled as the "queen of mean," died at her home in Greenwich, Conn.
    (AP, 8/20/07)(Econ, 8/25/07, p.79)

2007        Connecticut student Cara Munn (15) contracted tic-borne encephalitis during a trip to China set up by the private Hotchkiss boarding school in Salisbury. She suffered brain damage and was later won a $41.5 million verdict against the school. In 2018 a federal appeals court upheld the verdict.
    (SFC, 2/9/18, p.A6)

2008        Feb 25, In Connecticut 5 former insurance company executives were found guilty of a scheme to manipulate the financial statements of the world's largest insurance company, American International Group Inc.
    (AP, 2/25/08)

2008        Feb 27, William F. Buckley (b.1925), conservative author of over 50 books and editor of the National Review, died at his home in Connecticut.
    (AP, 2/27/08)(SFC, 2/28/08, p.A1)

2008        Jun 8, Wicked weekend storms pounded the US from the Midwest to the East Coast, forcing hundreds of people to flee flooded communities, spawning tornadoes that tore up houses and killing at least eight people in Indiana (1), Michigan (6), Connecticut (1). Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle declared a state of emergency in 29 counties and President Bush declared a major disaster in 29 Indiana counties, freeing up aid. Iowa Gov. Chet Culver declared an emergency in nearly a third of the state's 99 counties.
    (AP, 6/8/08)

2008        Jun, The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Government (CREW) complained that Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) and Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) had received “sweatheart" mortgage deals from Countrywide while they were chairmen of Senate committees. Both men were cleared by a Senate ethics committee in 2009.
    (SFC, 8/8/09, p.A4)

2008        Sep 26, Paul Newman (b.1925), the Academy-Award winning superstar who personified cool as the anti-hero of such films as "Hud," "Cool Hand Luke" and "The Color of Money," died after a long battle with cancer at his farmhouse near Westport, Conn.
    (AP, 9/27/08)

2008        Oct 10, The Connecticut Supreme Court voted 4-3 to give gay and lesbian couples the right to marry ruling that civil unions fell short of giving them full equality. It became the 3rd state to legalize such unions.
    (SFC, 10/11/08, p.A6)(WSJ, 10/11/08, p.A7)

2008        Nov 12, A judge cleared the way for gay marriage to begin in Connecticut, a victory for advocates stung by California's referendum that banned same-sex unions in that state.
    (AP, 11/12/08)

2008        Dec 2, Henry Molaison (82), a native of Connecticut, died. In the 1950s he had his medial temporal lobes removed by surgery to alleviate his grand mal epileptic seizures. From that point on he was unable to form new memories. Scientists learned from Molaison that the hippocampus is crucial in forming some long term memories, but not for maintaining or retrieving them.
    (Econ, 12/20/08, p.146)

2009        Jan 27, Eddied Perez (b.1957, former gang leader and mayor of Hartford, Connecticut, surrendered to police to face a bribery charge related to home renovations.
    (SFC, 1/28/09, p.A4)

2009        Feb 16, In Stamford, Connecticut, a 200-pound domesticated chimpanzee  was shot dead by police after a violent rampage that left a friend of its owner badly mauled. Travis (15) had once starred in TV commercials for Old Navy and Coca-Cola. The chimp was acting so agitated earlier that afternoon that the owner gave him the anti-anxiety drug Xanax in some tea. Owner Sandra Herold later denied giving Xanax to the chimp. Charla Nash lost her hands, nose, lips and eyelids in the attack. Doctors later said she will be blind for life.
    (AP, 2/17/09)(SFC, 2/19/09, p.A5)(AP, 4/7/09)

2009        Mar 21, The attorney general of Connecticut said that he is asking AIG why documents appear to show the company paid $53 million more in bonuses to its financial products division than previously reported. a busload of activists representing working- and middle-class families paid visits to the lavish homes of American International Group executives to protest the tens of millions of dollars in bonuses awarded by the struggling insurance company after it received a massive federal bailout.
    (AP, 3/21/09)(AP, 3/22/09)

2009        Apr 2, In Connecticut a judge, citing DNA evidence, dropped murder charges against Miguel Roman, who served 20 years of a 60-year sentence after being convicted of the 1988 slaying of Carmen Lopez (17), his pregnant girlfriend. The same DNA tests that exonerated Roman implicated led police in December to charge another man, Pedro Miranda of New Britain. He is accused in the killings of Lopez, 16-year-old Rosa Valentin in 1986 and 13-year-old Mayra Cruz in 1987. Miranda (51) faced the possibility of the death penalty if convicted.
    (SFC, 4/3/09, p.A6)

2009        Apr 22, In Connecticut a decade-long battle for marriage equality ended when the General Assembly voted to update the state's marriage laws to conform with a landmark court ruling allowing gay and lesbian couples to tie the knot.
    (AP, 4/23/09)

2009        May 7, In Connecticut Wesleyan University junior Johanna Justin-Jinich was gunned down by a man wearing a wig. Officers arrested Stephen P. Morgan (29) the next night standing outside the store in Meriden, 10 miles from where the woman was killed. Morgan's journals contained threats against Jews and mentioned plans for a shooting spree at Wesleyan.
    (AP, 5/8/09)

2009        May 23, It was reported that millions of bats in at least 7 US states (Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia) have died from white-nose syndrome, a fungal diseases. In 2011 the fungus Geomyces destructans was identified as the cause. The fungus responsible was later identified as Pseudogymnoascus destructans.
    (Econ, 5/23/09, p.36)(SFC, 10/28/11, p.A18)(SSFC, 7/7/19, p.C10)

2009        Jun 29, The US Supreme Court ruled that white firefighters in New Haven, Conn., were unfairly denied promotions because of their race, reversing a decision that high court nominee Sonia Sotomayor endorsed as an appeals court judge.
    (AP, 6/29/09)

2009        Sep 8, In Connecticut Annie Le (24), a California graduate student at Yale, disappeared after entering a laboratory building. She was due to be married on Sep 13. On Sep 13 police found her body stuffed behind a wall in the high-security laboratory building where she worked. On June 3, 2011, Raymond Clark III was sentenced to 44 years in prison for the murder. In 2016 Yale agreed to pay $3 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Le’s family.
    (SSFC, 9/13/09, p.A16)(AP, 9/14/09)(SFC, 6/4/11, p.A4)(SFC, 11/22/16, p.A6)

2009        Sep 17, In Connecticut Raymond Clark III (24) was arrested at a hotel and charged with murdering Annie Le (24), whose body was found on Sep 13, stuffed in the wall of a research building at Yale on what would have been her wedding day. On March 17, 2011, Clark pleaded guilty to killing Le and faced 44 years in prison.
    (AP, 9/17/09)(SFC, 3/18/11, p.A4)

2009        Oct 18, Jasper Howard (20), a University of Connecticut football player, was stabbed to death during a fight outside a school-sanctioned dance. John William Lomax III was charged with murder and conspiracy to commit assault in connection with Howard's death. Another man, Hakim Muhammad (20) was charged with conspiracy to commit assault. Lomax’s lawyer later said his client was trying to break up the fight and was not involved in the stabbing.
    (AP, 10/19/09)(AP, 10/28/09)

2010        Feb 7, In Connecticut an explosion during a test of natural gas lines at the Kleen Energy Systems plant in Middletown killed at least 5 workers. The 620-megawatt plant was being built to produce energy primarily using natural gas.
    (SFC, 2/8/10, p.A6)

2010        Mar 3, In Connecticut Barbara Hamburg (48) was found bludgeoned to death outside her home at 44 Middle Beach Road in the quiet, affluent seaside town of Madison. The small amount of DNA collected at the scene remained unidentified. No one has been arrested for the crime. In 2020 the 4-part HBO documentary "Murder on Middle Beach," by Barbara's son Madison, revealed a tale rife with suspects—all of them Hamburg’s closest relatives, who had varying motives for wanting to kill his mother.
    (https://tinyurl.com/y6p5u9a3)(The Daily Beast, 11/13/20)

2010        Mar 13, A storm battered parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut with gusts of up to 70 mph.
    (AP, 3/14/10)

2010        Jun 18, In Connecticut Eddie Perez, the fist Latino mayor of Hartford, announced that he would step down after being convicted of 5 corruption charges.
    (SFC, 6/19/10, p.A4)

2010        Aug 3, In Manchester, Connecticut, Omar Thornton (34), a black warehouse driver who was caught steeling beer, went on a shooting rampage at the Hartford Distributors warehouse after he was asked to quit, killing eight people before committing suicide.
    (SFC, 8/4/10, p.A4)

2010        Dec 7, In Connecticut the maker of Skoal and Copenhagen smokeless tobacco agreed to pay $5 million to the family of a man who died of mouth cancer in what is believed to be the first wrongful-death settlement won from a chewing tobacco company.
    (AP, 12/8/10)

2010        Dec 14, The US Coast Guard named Rear. Adm. Sandra Stosz (50) to lead its academy at New London, Conn., beginning next summer.
    (SFC, 12/15/10, p.A16)

2011        Jan 12, A winter storm that shut down much of the US South churned up the coast, dumping snow across the Northeast. In Connecticut more than 2 feet of snow had fallen in some places.
    (AP, 1/12/11)

2011        Feb 1, In Mexico Adam Mark Zachs (47), a fugitive from Connecticut, was arrested in the small town of Leon Guanajuato where he apparently had been running a computer repair business. Zachs was convicted of the 1987 murder of Peter Carone (29) outside a West Hartford bar and sentenced to 60 years in prison. However he fled while free on appeal.
    (Reuters, 2/3/11)

2011        Mar 4, In Connecticut Aaron Thomas (39), a man suspected of rapes and other attacks on 17 women since 1997, was arrested in New Haven. On march 7 bail for Thomas, the suspected East Coast Rapist, was set at $1.5 million.
    (SFC, 3/5/11, p.A5)(SFC, 3/8/11, p.A4)

2011        Mar 30, Peru received a first shipment of the Incan artifacts taken from the mountain citadel of Machu Picchu a century ago. Yale University returned 366 pieces, after a lawsuit and personal lobbying of the US president. The pieces were among some 4,000 adventurer Hiram Bingham took beginning in 1911 from what has become Peru's leading tourist attraction.
    (AP, 3/31/11)

2011        Jun 10, In a surgical procedure that took more than twenty hours, Charla Nash (57), a Connecticut woman disfigured in a Feb 16, 2009, attack by her friend’s chimpanzee Travis, received a face transplant at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston. She is only the third person in the United States to receive a full face transplant. At the same time, surgeons also attempted to give Nash a hand transplant, but this procedure was not successful.
            (Boston Globe, 6/10/11)(AP, 6/10/11)

2011           Jun 11, A 140 lb. male mountain lion was struck by an SUV on a highway in Milford, CT. The driver was unhurt but the mountain lion died from its injuries. Since mountain lions are not native to Connecticut, officials from the Department of Environmental Protection believed the animal had been held in captivity and then escaped from its owner.
            (Hartford Courant, 6/11/11)(Reuters, 6/12/11)

2011        Jun 17, In Connecticut former prep school dean Robert Reihhardt (46) was sentenced to 9½  years in prison for sexually abusing 4 students at The Gunnery.
    (SFC, 6/18/11, p.A5)

2011        Jun 24, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy began issuing layoff notices to as many as 7,500 state employees after a state union voted down a labor concessions package.
    (SFC, 6/25/11, p.A5)

2011        Jul 1, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed a bill mandating paid sick leave for workers beginning in 2012.
    (Reuters, 7/11/11)

2011        Aug 4, US investigators confronted Jesse Osmun in Connecticut and obtained a written confession that as a Peace Corps volunteer, he had sexually molested at least 5 girls at a South African shelter for AIDS orphans and other children. None of the girls were older than 6.
    (AP, 8/11/11)

2011        Aug 28, Seawater surged into the streets of Manhattan as Tropical Storm Irene slammed into New York, downgraded from a hurricane but still unleashing furious wind and rain. The flooding threatened Wall Street and the heart of the global financial network. At least 16 people were reported killed in 6 states: 5 in North Carolina, 4 in Virginia, 3 in New Jersey, 2 in Florida and one each in Maryland and Connecticut.
    (AP, 8/28/11)(SFC, 8/29/11, p.A10)

2011        Sep 30, The Connecticut Supreme court ruled that the Bishop Seabury Church in Groton, which broke away from the Episcopal Church after it consecrated its first gay bishop in 2003, cannot keep its building and land.
    (SFC, 10/1/11, p.A4)
2011        Sep 30, In Connecticut a 20-month-old girl died after being attacked by as many as three pit bulls inside an apartment house in West Haven. The dogs were euthanized.
    (Reuters, 10/1/11)

2011        Oct 29, A snowstorm socked the Northeast US over the weekend, knocking out power to 2.7 million, snarling air and highway travel and dumping more than 2 feet of snow in a few spots as it slowly moved north out of New England. States of emergency were declared in New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and parts of New York.
    (AP, 10/30/11)

2011        Nov 6, In the northeast US tens of thousands remained without power 8 days after the Oct 29 snowstorm, including some 88,000 in Connecticut.
    (SFC, 11/7/11, p.A5)

2011        Nov 28, Three asset managers from Connecticut's affluent New York suburbs claimed a $254 million Powerball jackpot off a $1 ticket.
    (AP, 11/29/11)

2012        Jan 11, Univ. of Connecticut officials said researcher Dipak Das, known for his work on red wine’s benefits to cardiovascular health, falsified his data in more than 100 instances.
    (SFC, 1/12/12, p.A14)

2012        Jan 24, In Connecticut 4 police officers, including the president of the local police union, were arrested by the FBI on charges that they assaulted illegal immigrants and covered up abuses in a New Haven suburb where a federal investigation found life was made miserable for Hispanics.
    (AP, 1/25/12)

2012        Jan 26, In Spain Andrew Robert Levene (41), an American man accused of killing a jewelry store owner in the US and stealing $300,000 (euro228,000) in diamonds before fleeing to Europe, was found hanged in his prison cell in the Modelo prison in Barcelona. Levene was charged with federal murder, robbery and firearm offenses in the Dec. 8 shooting of Yekutiel Zeevi, owner of YZ Manufacturers LLC store in Westport, Connecticut.
    (AP, 1/27/12)

2012        Apr 7, Broadcasting legend Mike Wallace (93) died in a long-term care center in New Haven, Connecticut.
    (AP, 4/8/12)

2012        Apr 25, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy signed a law that ends the state’s death penalty for future crimes, making it the 17th state to abolish capital punishment.
    (SFC, 4/26/12, p.A6)

2012        May 3, US federal authorities said a Miami-based crime ring stat stole at least $80 million worth of prescription drugs has been broken up following a 3-year FBI probe. 22 people were charged in New Jersey, Connecticut and Miami.
    (SFC, 5/4/12, p.A7)

2012        May 8, Maurice Sendak (83), renowned children's author, died in Connecticut. His books captivated generations of kids and simultaneously scared their parents. Sendak wrote and illustrated more than 50 children's books, including "Where the Wild Things Are," his most famous, published in 1963. Sendak left instructions that his home in Ridgefield become a museum for his more than 10,000 illustrations.
    (www.nytimes.com/2012/05/09/books/maurice-sendak-childrens-author-dies-at-83.html)(SFC, 9/15/14, p.A6)

2012        Jul 20, Yale University, one of the leading centers of liberal education in the United States, defended controversial restrictions on protests and political parties at its new Singapore campus. The first batch of students will start classes in August 2013 at an NUS facility before the new campus officially opens in 2015.
    (AFP, 7/20/12)

2012        Sep 27, In Connecticut Jeffrey Giuliano, a popular fifth-grade teacher, fatally shot a masked teenager (15) in self-defense outside his neighbor's house during what appeared to be an attempted early  morning burglary, then discovered the teen was his son.
    (AP, 9/28/12)

2012        Nov 7, A wintry storm dropped snow and rain on the Northeast, bringing dangerous winds and knocking out power in a region where hundreds of thousands were still in the dark after Superstorm Sandy. A mix of rain and snow fell on parts of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, causing airport delays.
    (Reuters, 11/7/12)

2012        Dec 14, Adam Lanza (20) killed 27 people, 18 of them small children, in a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., about 65 miles northeast of New York City. He killed his mother at home before the rampage at the school. Lanza used a Bushmaster XM15-E2S rifle made by Remington.   
    (http://tinyurl.com/bun8wgb)(AP, 12/15/12)(SFC, 3/15/19, p.A8)

2012        Dec 19, Pres. Obama said Vice President Joe Biden will lead an effort to craft policies to reduce gun violence. Obama laid out a plan to reduce gun violence amid calls for action after the massacre of 26 people including 20 children in a Connecticut elementary school.
    (AP, 12/19/12)

2013        Jan 22, In Connecticut Kevin Wallin (61), a Catolic priest, pleaded not guilty to federal charges of selling crystal meth to an undercover police officer. On April 2 Wallin pleaded guilty to a federal drug charge. He was accused of making over $300,000 in methamphetamine sales while running an adult video and sex toy shop.
    (SFC, 1/24/13, p.A10)(SFC, 4/3/13, p.A5)

2013        Feb 9, A record-breaking blizzard packing hurricane-force winds hammered the northeastern United States, cutting power to 700,000 homes and businesses, shutting down travel and leaving at least five people dead. The storm centered its fury on Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. 38 inches fell in Milford, Connecticut. 29.3 inches fell on Portland, Maine, breaking a 1979 record.
    (Reuters, 2/9/13)

2013        Feb 15, Pres. Obama bestowed the Presidential Citizens Medal on the 6 adults killed in the Dec 14, 2012, Newtown, Conn., school shooting.
    (SFC, 2/16/13, p.A5)

2013        Apr 12, In Fairfield, Connecticut, armed men stole over $4 million in jewelry from a store after kidnapping the store manager and another employee to gain access. The victims were unharmed.
    (SFC, 4/13/13, p.A6)

2013        May 10, In Connecticut a task force unanimously recommended razing and rebuilding Sandy Hook Elementary School, the site of the Dec 24, 2012, shooting that left 27 people dead.
    (Reuters, 5/11/13)

2013        May 17, In Connecticut two commuter trains serving NYC collided during evening rush hour sending 60 people to the hospital.
    (SFC, 5/18/13, p.A12)

2013        Jun 7, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy signed a bill allowing illegal immigrants to apply for driving licenses from 2015.
    (Econ, 6/15/13, p.32)

2013        Jun 12, Officials in Hartford, Conn., ordered good Samaritan Anthony Cymerys (82) out of a city park because residents were concerned about the safety and sanitation of his free haircuts to homeless people.
    (AP, 6/13/13)

2013        Jul 1, Connecticut’s Fairfield Univ. and others that supported a charity, designed to help feed and educate boys in Haiti, reached a $12 million settlement with children who were sexually abused by Douglas Perlitz, a founder of the group. Perlitz  was sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison in 2011 for the assaults at the Project Pierre Toussaint School.
    (SFC, 7/2/13, p.A4)

2013        Jul 25, US federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment against SAC Capital Advisors, a Connecticut-based hedge fund, led by billionaire Steven A. Cohen.
    (SFC, 7/26/13, p.C3)

2013        Aug 9, In New Haven, Connecticut, a small plane crashed and engulfed two homes in flames killing 4 people. The dead included 2 children inside a house struck by the plane as well as pilot Bill Henningsgaard and his son.
    (SFC, 8/10/13, p.A4)(SSFC, 8/11/13, p.A15)

2013        Oct 3, In Washington DC  a dramatic car chase through the streets near the White House to the US Capitol ended in gunfire when law enforcement officers shot and killed the driver as lawmakers and aides huddled in a lockdown. The car involved in the chase was registered to Miriam Carey (34) of Connecticut. A one-year-old girl in the car was unhurt.
    (AP, 10/4/13)

2013        Nov 4, US federal prosecutors said SAC Capital Advisors, a Connecticut-based hedge fund led by billionaire Steven A. Cohen, would plead guilty to five counts of fraud and pay a record fine of $1.8 billion.
    (Econ, 11/9/13, p.79)

2013        Nov 21, In Connecticut Michael Skakel (53), a nephew of Robert F. Kennedy, was released on bail pending a new trial in the 1975 slaying neighbor Martha Moxley.
    (SFC, 11/22/13, p.A12)

2014        Mar 31, In Connecticut The Rev. Paul Gotta was arrested on seven sexual assault charges. Police say the assaults took place over the span of a year beginning in January 2012. He was arrested by federal authorities last year on charges including illegally transferring a gun, ammunition and explosive material to a juvenile.
    (AP, 4/1/14)

2014        Apr 25, In Milford, Connecticut, Maren Sanchez (16) died of stab wounds to her torso and neck on the day of her junior prom at Jonathan Law High School. Chris Plakson (16) was arrested and charged with homicide. In 2016 Plakson was sentenced to 25 years in prison. In 2017 the mother of Sanchez offered to settle a suit against the city of Milford  and its school district for $23 million.
    (SFC, 4/28/14, p.A6)(SFC, 9/15/17 p.A5)

2014        Jul 29, Kenneth Ireland (39) of Connecticut appealed for millions in compensation for being locked for two decades on alleged rape and murder charges. He was released in 2009 after DNA evidence proved another man responsible for the murder of a mother of four in 1986.
    (SFC, 7/30/14, p.A5)

2015        Mar 31, In Connecticut John Zelepos (48), the owner of Mystic Pizza restaurant, pleaded guilty to federal tax charges. Prosecutors said that between 2006 and 2010 he diverted just over $567,000 from gross receipts into his personal bank accounts. The restaurant was featured in the 1988 film “Mystic Pizza" with Julia Roberts.
    (SFC, 4/3/15, p.A5)

2015        Jun 24, In the northeast US a fast moving storm hit Connecticut, New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania overnight leaving two people dead and nearly 400,000 customers without power.
    (SFC, 6/25/15, p.A6)

2015        Aug 4, In Connecticut Jeffrey and Jeanette Navin went missing in Easton. Their bodies were found on Oct 29 outside a vacant home in Weston. Police soon arrested their son Kyle (27) and his girlfriend Jennifer Valiante (31). The parents had planned to cut Kyle out of their will.
    (SSFC, 11/1/15, p.A16)

2015        Aug 13, Connecticut’s Supreme Court spared the lived of all eleven men remaining on death row. The state’s death penalty had been abolished in 2012.
    (SFC, 8/14/15, p.A6)

2015        Sep 11, It was reported that Saudi businessman Abdallah S. Kamel has donated $10 million to Yale law School to established a center for the study of Islamic law.
    (SFC, 9/11/15, p.A9)

2015        Dec 4, In Connecticut Amador Medina (32) was arrested in Hartford on a charge of being a fugitive from justice from Worcester, Massachusetts, where authorities allege he stole the remains two months ago from a family mausoleum that dates to 1903. Medina told police he was a Santeria priest and wanted the human bones for religious and healing ceremonies.
    (AP, 12/7/15)

2015        Dec 19, In Connecticut German conductor Kurt Masur (b.1927) died. He is credited with helping prevent violence after the collapse of communism in East Germany and later reinvigorated the New York Philharmonic during an 11-year stint as music director.
    (AP, 12/19/15)

2016        Jan 15, In Connecticut former federal prosecutor J. James Pickerstein (69) pleaded guilty to stealing more than $600,000 from accounts of Danbury trash-hauling magnate James Galante.
    (SFC, 1/16/16, p.A5)

2016        Apr 4, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy was named this year’s recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for his support of the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the US following the Paris attacks.
    (SFC, 4/5/16, p.A6)

2016        May 26, The Connecticut Supreme Court upheld its landmark decision declaring the state’s death penalty unconstitutional and abolishing capital punishment.
    (SFC, 5/27/16, p.A7)

2016        May 31, It was reported that a Connecticut commission has approved a $22 million package to help Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund, upgrade and expand offices in the state.
    (SFC, 5/31/16, p.D2)

2016        Jun 15, American surgeon and author Richard Selzer (b.1928) died in Connecticut. His books include “The Doctor Stories" (1999) and “Mortal Lessons: Notes on the Art of Surgery" (1996).
    (SFC, 6/17/16, p.D3)

2016        Jun 16, US Senate Democrats claimed a small victory, forcing the upper house to consider legislation to help keep guns out of the hands of terrorism suspects following a filibuster of over 14 hours led by Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut.
    (AFP, 6/16/16)

2016        Jun 20, The US Supreme Court effectively upheld Connecticut and New York state bans on military-style assault weapons, declining to hear a challenge to bans on guns like the one used to kill 49 people in Orlando earlier this month.
    (AFP, 6/20/16)(SFC, 6/21/16, p.A6)

2016        Jul 30, In Connecticut nine members of a Puerto Rican military unit that served in several wars were honored with Congressional Gold Medals. The segregated military unit, known as the Borinqueneers, fought in World War I, World War II and the Korean War.
    (AP, 7/30/16)

2016        Nov 14, South Korea-based Samsung said it would pay $8 billion for Harman, a firm in Stamford, Conn., that makes internet connected audio, information and security systems for cars. The deal was the largest for Samsung to date.
    (Econ, 11/19/16, p.57)

2016        Dec 30, A divided Connecticut Supreme Court reinstated the murder conviction of Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel in the 1975 murder of Martha Moxley.
    (SFC, 12/31/16, p.A7)

2017        Jan 25, Mary Tyler Moore (80), star of 1970s sitcom "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," died at her home in Greenwich, Conn.
    (SFC, 1/26/17, p.A1)

2017        Feb 11, In Connecticut the Yale Univ. Pres. Peter Salovey said a residential college in New Haven commemorating John Calhoun, the 19th century white supremacist statesman from South Carolina, will be renamed for Grace Murray Hopper, a computer scientist and Navy rear admiral.
    (SSFC, 2/12/17, p.A8)

2017        Mar 26, Joe Harris (89), American commercial illustrator, died at his home in Stamford, Conn. He created a cartoon rabbit to help sell the Trix cereal in 1959. He later designed cartoon characters for the Rocky & Bullwinkle show.
    (SFC, 4/6/17, p.D3)

2017        Sep 5, Yale Univ. in New Haven, Conn., held a dedication ceremony to rename Calhoun College to Grace Hopper College. Former US Pres. John Calhoun (1825-1832) was an ardent slavery supporter.
    (SFC, 9/5/17, p.A4)

2017        Nov 29, John Eastman of Connecticut (50) was sentenced to 17 years in prison for pretending to be a pop star and enticing young girls into performing sexual acts during video chats. Eastman was  also sentenced to a lifetime of probation.
    (SFC, 11/30/17, p.A6)

2017          Dec 30, Connecticut restaurant manager James Goolsby shot and killed cook Norris Jackson inside the Bonchon Chicken restaurant in Manchester during an argument about a negative Yelp review.
    (SFC, 6/15/18, p.A5)

2018        Jan 27, American comic strip artist Mort Walker (b.1923) died at his home in Stamford, Conn. He created the Beetle Bailey character as a college humor strip in 1950. The character had debuted as Spider in Walker’s cartoons published by the Saturday Evening Post in the late 1940s. In 1954 Walker and Dik Browne created the spin-off Hi and Lois.
    (SFC, 1/29/18, p.C2)

2018        Apr 14, Czech filmmaker Milos Forman (86), died in Connecticut. His American movies "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975) and "Amadeus" (1984) won a deluge of Academy Awards, including best director Oscars.
    (AP, 4/14/18)

2018        May 2, In Connecticut one person was killed and nine police officers injured in an explosion in a barn in North Haven. A woman had called police to report that she had escaped after being held hostage for several days.
    (SFC, 5/4/18, p.A5)

2018        May 4, The Connecticut Supreme Court vacated Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel's 2002 murder conviction for the 1975 bludgeoning death of Martha Moxley and ordered a new trial.
    (SFC, 5/5/18, p.A7)

2018        May 15, A violent spring storm left at least five people dead in the northeastern United States. The next morning more than 370,000 residents were without power in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, down from more than 600,000.
    (AP, 5/16/18)

2018        May 26, Former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland was released from federal custody after serving 19 months of a 30-month sentence. He had resigned in 2014 amid a corruption scandal.
    (SSFC, 5/27/18, p.A8)

2018        Jul 20, Kristin Wilczynski (50) was fatally struck in Hamden, Connecticut. In 2019 her husband filed a $35 million lawsuit filed against the federal government saying that an off-duty police officer, who struck and killed his wife with a vehicle, worked for the FBI at the time.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y6ze7qoq)(AP, 7/21/19)

2018        Aug 15, In New Haven, Conn., a number of people began experiencing synthetic marijuana overdoses. John Parker (53), of New Haven, was arrested as one of the people dealing K2 on the New Haven Green.
    (http://tinyurl.com/ya4k9xu2)(SSFC, 8/19/18, p.A8)

2018        Sep 5, Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, announced that it is making a $3.4 million grant to Pittsburgh-based Harm Reduction Therapeutics to help develop a low-cost naloxone nasal spray, an overdose antidote.
    (SFC, 9/6/18, p.A4)

2019        Jan 25, In Connecticut more than 130 people who say they were sexually abused as children at a now-defunct charity school in Haiti reached a $60 million settlement with a Jesuit university in Connecticut and other defendants.
    (AP, 1/25/19)

2019        Feb 8, In Connecticut supporters of Sujitno Sajuti (70), a former Fulbright scholar who took sanctuary at a Hartford church to avoid deportation, rallied to call on federal immigration officials to allow him to stay in the US.
    (AP, 2/8/19)

2019        Mar 1, Acclaimed Irish-born architect Kevin Roche (96) died at his home in Connecticut. He left his mark on world-class buildings from New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and the city's Museum of Jewish Heritage to airports in New York and Washington.
    (AP, 3/3/19)

2019        Mar 6, A US federal appeals court upheld fraud convictions against two men for their roles in a Connecticut auto insurance scam that involved as many as 50 staged car crashes between 2011 and 2014. The 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in New York rejected the appeals of Mackenzy Noze and Jonas Joseph.
    (AP, 3/6/19)

2019        Mar 25, Jeremy Richman (49), the father of one of the 20 children killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut, was found dead of an apparent suicide inside his office building in Newtown.
    (SFC, 3/26/19, p.A6)

2019        Apr 9, Charles Van Doren (93), the academic who accepted answers to beat competitors on NBS's "Twenty-One" game show in 1956-1957, died in Connecticut. His books included "The Idea of Progress" (1967) and "A History of Knowledge: Past, Present, and Future" (1991).
    (SFC, 4/12/19, p.C5)

2019        May 24, In Connecticut Jennifer Dulos (50) of New Canaan went missing after dropping her children off at school. Police later arrested Fotis Dulos, her estranged husband, and Michelle Troconis, his girlfriend, on charges of evidence tampering and hindering prosecution. Both have pleaded not guilty, and both were free on $500,000 bond. Police later detailed Fotis Dulos driving to multiple locations, with Troconis, to dump trash bags containing bloody clothes.
    (AP, 7/23/19)(ABC News, 9/5/19)
2019        May 24, Biographer Edmond Morris (78) died in Danbury, Conn. His books included "The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt" (1979), "Theodore Rex" (2001), "Colonel Roosevelt" (2010) and "Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan" (1999).
    (SFC, 5/28/19, p.C3)

2019        May 31, In Connecticut Sujitno Sajuti, a former Fulbright scholar who has been fighting deportation to his native Indonesia, left the sanctuary of a Meriden church after 598 days. US Sen. Richard Blumenthal said federal authorities have determined that Sajuti was once a victim of a violent crime and therefore qualified for a U visa that will allow him to stay in the United States.
    (AP, 6/1/19)

2019        Jun 17, Lenny Pozner, the Connecticut father of a child killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, won a defamation lawsuit against authors James Fetzer and Mike Palacek, who had written "Nobody Died at Sandy Hook".
    (SFC, 6/19/19, p.A6)

2019        Jul 19, Cesar Pelli (92), internationally known architect based in Connecticut, died in New Haven. His firm's work included the Salesforce Tower in San Francisco and the three-block-long transit center next to it. The firm's work also included the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur and Canary Wharf in London.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C%C3%A9sar_Pelli)(SSFC, 7/21/19, p.A11)

2019        Sep 11, Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma reached a tentative deal with about half the states and thousands of local governments over its role in the nation's deadly opioid epidemic. Sources said that Purdue will pay up to $12 billion over time and that the Sackler family will give up control of the company.
    (SFC, 9/12/19, p.A7)

2019        Oct 2, In Connecticut a World War II-era B-17G bomber plane crashed in a fireball as it tried to land at Bradley International Airport, New England’s second-busiest airport. A former police officer and an insurance analyst were among the seven people killed in the crash.
    (AP, 10/2/19)(AP, 10/3/19)

2019        Oct 14, Harold Bloom (b.1930), American literary critic, died at a hospital in Connecticut. His books included "The Book of J" (1990), "The Western Canon: Books and School of the Ages" (1994) and "Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human" (1998).
    (SFC, 10/17/19, p.C4)

2019        Oct 15, A jury in Wisconsin awarded $450,000 to the father of a boy killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting after he filed a defamation lawsuit against conspiracy theorist writers who claimed the Dec. 14, 2012, massacre in Connecticut never happened. James Fetzer, a retired University of Minnesota Duluth professor now living in Wisconsin, and Mike Palacek co-wrote a book, "Nobody Died at Sandy Hook," in which they claimed the Sandy Hook shooting never took place but was instead an event staged by the federal government as part of an Obama administration effort to enact tighter gun restrictions.
    (AP, 10/16/19)

2019        Oct 19, A woman identified in the lawsuit as Jane Doe, sued the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice), and former Ice agent Wilfredo Rodriguez, seeking $10m in damages. The Honduran woman living in Connecticut accused the Rodriguez of sexually assaulting her over a period of seven years under the threat of deportation.
    (The Guardian, 10/22/19)

2019        Oct 22, Connecticut police Officer Kevin P. Wilcox retired from the East Hampton Police Department after a civil rights organization raised concerns about his membership in a far-right group known for engaging in violent clashes at political rallies. Wilcox had been a Proud Boys member and made online payments to a group leader.
    (AP, 11/1/19)

2019        Dec 15, Ahmad Khalil Elshazly (22) of West Haven, Connecticut, was arrested in the shoreline town of Stonington, where he expected to board a boat and begin a trip to Turkey. He was ordered to be detained during a federal court hearing in New Haven. He had allegedly expressed interest in fighting for the Islamic State group in Syria.
    (AP, 12/17/19)

2019        Dec 19, In Connecticut Camille Schrier (24) of Virginia was crowned Miss America after she wowed judges with science experiment.
    (Good Morning America, 12/20/19)

2020        Jan 30, Fotis Dulos (52), a Connecticut man charged with murdering his wife who went missing amid a contentious divorce case, died in New York City following an apparent suicide attempt. The body of Jennifer Dulos has not been found despite extensive searches. On March 2 a Connecticut judge decided to drop the murder and kidnapping case against the late Fotis Dulos over the objections of his attorney, who said he wished to pursue a trial to prove that his client did not kill his estranged wife.
    (AP, 1/30/20)(NBC News, 3/4/20)

2020        Feb 15, American writer A.E. Hotchner (102) died at his home in Westport, Conn. His books included "Papa Hemingway" (1966), "King of the Hill" (1972) and "Paul and Me" (2008).
    (SFC, 2/17/20, p.C3)

2020        Mar 21, Primaries scheduled for Georgia, Maryland, Indiana, Connecticut and Kentucky were all reported postponed to May or June due to the coronavirus pandemic.
    (AP, 3/21/20)
2020        Mar 21, Illinois residents began sheltering in place following orders by Gov. J.B. Pritzker restricting movement to combat the coronavirus. Illinois had five deaths from coronavirus with hundreds more testing positive across 22 counties. Similar shelter-in-place actions were taken by governors in Connecticut and Nevada.
    (Bloomberg, 3/21/20)(SFC, 3/21/20, p.A5)

2020        Apr 16, Connecticut fatalities due to the coronavirus rose 40% in the last week to over 970 overall.
    (AP, 4/16/20)

2020        Apr 17, In Connecticut nursing home residents accounted for 375 of the state's 971 virus deaths.
    (AP, 4/17/20)

2020        May 22, University of Connecticut senior Peter Manfredonia shot and killed Ted DeMers in Willington. On May 24 police found Nicholas Eisele (23), a high school friend of Manfredonia, shot to death in his Derby home.
    (SFC, 6/13/20, p.A4)

2020        May 25, University of Connecticut senior Peter Manfredonia (23) went on the run after allegedly killing two men, injuring another and kidnapping a girl during a Memorial Day crime spree across at least three states.
    (The Independent, 5/25/20)

2020        May 27, Police in Maryland captured college student Peter Manfredonia (23). He was sought by police as a suspect in a crime spree including two slayings in Connecticut.
    (AP, 5/27/20)

2020        Jun 24, The governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut announced that visitors from states with high coronavirus infection rates must self-quarantine for 14 days on arrival.
    (Reuters, 6/24/20)
2020        Jul 24, Legendary television host Regis Philbin (88) died in Connecticut. He became a household name in the 1980s cohosting "Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee" and later padded an impressive resume by hosting "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" (1999-2002).

2020        Aug 13, The US Justice Department accused Yale University of violating federal civil rights law by discriminating against Asian-American and white applicants.
    (NY Times, 8/14/20)

2020        Aug 18, An independent inquiry reported that for-profit nursing homes in Connecticut had significantly more cases and deaths from COVID-19 than non-profit ones, shedding new light on the shortfalls of the state's pandemic response.
    (Reuters, 8/18/20)

2020        Aug 20, Former White House adviser Steve Bannon was arrested on charges that he and three others ripped off donors to an online fundraising scheme “We Build The Wall." Federal prosecutors alleged that Bannon and three others “orchestrated a scheme to defraud hundreds of thousands of donors" in connection with an online crowdfunding campaign that raised more than $25 million to build a wall along the southern border of the United States. Bannon was arrested on a yacht owned by his friend Guo Wengui, a Chinese billionaire, off Westbrook, Connecticut. Guo by all accounts made his money in real estate and securities. He portrays himself in interviews and court records as an exiled whistleblower.
    (AP, 8/20/20)(NBC News, 8/20/20)

2020        Oct 18, Missouri and Vermont were alone in recording a more than 10 percent improvement in the average number of coronavirus cases reported over the last week. Cases rose between 10 and 50 percent in 27 other states, and increased by more than 50 percent in Connecticut and Florida.
    (The Week, 10/18/20)

2020        Oct 20, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut urged their residents to not travel between the three states as the US Northeast sees a rise in COVID-19 cases.
    (Reuters, 10/20/20)

2020        Oct 30, Connecticut reported seven more virus-related deaths bringing the state's total to 4,616. More than 71,000 have tested positive.
    (SFC, 11/4/20, p.A5)

2020        Oct, The US government accused Yale Univ. of violating civil rights laws because of discrimination in its undergraduate admission process. The lawsuit was dropped in Feb. 2021 under the new Biden administration.
    (SFC, 2/4/21, p.A4)

2020        Nov 13, In Connecticut an apparent steam explosion in a maintenance building at a Veterans Affairs hospital in West Haven killed a VA employee and a contractor and left a third person missing.
    (AP, 11/13/20)

2020        Nov 27, In Connecticut former Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh (46) died of injuries from a house fire in New London. Hsieh had sold his LinkExchange online advertising network to Microsoft in 1998 for $265 million. Zappos began selling shoe online in 1999. Hsieh invested in the company in 2000 and became co-CEO.
    (SSFC, 11/29/20, p.A16)

2020        Dec 22, In Connecticut UPS driver Nathan Burk (28) of Waterbury was fatally stabbed by a co-worker. Elijah David Bertrand (19) of Bristol, who was working as Burk's “helper/runner," was arrested the next day in Plymouth.
    (AP, 12/24/20)

2020        Dec 25, K.C. Jones (88), who was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1989, died in Connecticut. In eight of his nine seasons, the Celtics won the NBA championship.

2021        Feb 5, Canada-born actor Christopher Plummer (91) died at his home in Connecticut. His films included "Sound of Music" (1965), "The Insider" (1999), "A Beautiful Mind" (2001) and "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" (2011).
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Plummer)    (SFC, 2/6/21, p.A3)

2021        Feb 6, In Connecticut Kevin Jiang (26), a second-year graduate student at the Yale School of the Environment, was shot and killed outside his car in New Haven late today. MIT graduate Qinxuan Pan (29) of Malden, Massachusetts, was later named as a person of interest.
    (NBC News, 2/11/21)

2021        May 18, Charles Grodin, the versatile actor familiar from “Same Time, Next Year" on Broadway, popular movies like “The Heartbreak Kid," “Midnight Run" and “Beethoven" and numerous television appearances, died at his home in Wilton, Conn.
    (NY Times, 5/18/21)

2021        May 23, It was reported that Rhode Island has become the eighth US state where 70 percent of the adult population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Vermont also have reached the milestone.
    (NY Times, 5/24/21)

2021        Jun 22, Tobacco company Philip Morris will relocate its corporate headquarters from New York City to southwest Connecticut, bringing 200 jobs.
    (AP, 6/22/21)

2021        Yale Prof. Marissa King authored "Social Chemistry: Decoding The Elements of Human Connection".
    (Econ., 1/9/21, p.57)

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