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1724        Brattleboro became the first permanent English settlement in Vermont.
    (Reuters, 8/25/06)

1730        The French arrived in Swanton, Vermont, and the plague followed. The local Abenaki Indians faded into the woods.
    (SFC, 12/13/02, p.J7)

1775        May 10, Ethan Allen and his 83 Green Mountain Boys captured the British-held fortress at Ticonderoga, N.Y., on the western shore of Lake Champlain. They took the entire garrison captive without firing a shot. This was the 1st aggressive American action in the War of Independence.
    (AP, 5/10/97)(HN, 5/10/98)(ON, 3/00, p.4)

1777        Jan 15, The people of New Connecticut, a chunk of upstate New York, declared their independence. The tiny republic became the state of Vermont in 1791.
    (AP, 1/15/99)(ST, 3/2/04, p.A1)(Econ., 2/28/15, p.26)

1777        Jul 8, Vermont became the 1st American colony to abolish slavery. [see Mar 1, 1780]
    (SC, 7/2/02)

1777        Aug 16, American forces won the Revolutionary War Battle of Bennington, Vt.
    (AP, 8/16/97)

1777        The Vermont constitution outlawed slavery, allowed universal male suffrage with no property requirements, and called for the direct election of the governor. Vermont also called for a system of public education.
    (SFC, 4/27/00, p.A5)

1777        Vermont including the town of Killington declared independence from New York and New Hampshire. It became a country unto itself, coined its own money, set up its own postal service and elected its own president. The Republic of Vermont stayed independent until 1791.
    (SFEC, 4/2/00, p.A6)(ST, 3/2/04, p.A5)

1778        Ethan Allen, the hero of Ticonderoga, was released from prison in England as part of a prisoner exchange.
    (ON, 3/00, p.6)

1779        Ethan Allen authored “A Narrative of Ethan Allen’s Captivity."
    (ON, 3/00, p.6)

1789        Ethan Allen (b.1738), leader of Vermont’s Green Mountain Boys, died. In 1949 Stewart H. Holbrook authored “Ethan Allen." In 1969 Charles A. Jellison authored “Ethan Allen: Frontier Rebel."
    (WUD, 1994 p.39)(ON, 3/00, p.6)

1790        Jul 31, The first US patent was issued to Samuel Hopkins of Vermont for an improvement "in the making of Pot ash and Pearl ash by a new Apparatus and Process". This patent was signed by then President George Washington. The first 10,280 patents, issued between 1790 and 1836, were destroyed by a fire. The legal basis for the United States patent system (USPTO) is Article 1, Section 8 of the US Constitution wherein the powers of Congress are defined.

1790        Oct 28, NY gave up claims to Vermont for $30,000.
    (MC, 10/28/01)

1791        Mar 4, Vermont was admitted as the 14th state. It was the first addition to the original 13 colonies.
    (HN, 3/4/98)(AP, 3/4/98)

1792        Apr 4, American abolitionist Thaddeus Stevens, US Radical Republican congressional leader, was born in Danville, Vt.
    (AP, 4/4/98)(HN, 4/4/98)

1793        Captain John Norton founded a stoneware pottery shop in Bennington. The wares were rarely marked until 1823. Various members of the family worked at the pottery until it closed shop in 1894.
    (SFC, 2/18/98, Z1 p.3)
1793        Early settlers discovered ore in what became known as Vermont's copper belt, two years after statehood. In 1809 people began to make copperas, an industrial chemical made from iron sulfide used to make inks and dyes and for other industrial applications, also common in the area.
    (AP, 9/7/19)

1794        Jan 13, President Washington approved a measure adding two stars and two stripes to the American flag, following the admission of Vermont and Kentucky to the union. The number of stripes was later reduced to the original 13.
    (AP, 1/13/01)

1798        Jan 30, A brawl broke out in the House of Representatives in Philadelphia. Matthew Lyon of Vermont spat in the face of Roger Griswold of Connecticut, who responded by attacking him with a hickory walking stick. Lyon was re-elected congressman while serving a jail sentence for violating the Sedition Acts of 1798.
    (AP, 1/30/98)(SFC, 4/27/00, p.A5)(WSJ, 10/29/04, p.W10)

1798        Vermont Congressman Matthew Lyon (1749-1822), Irish-born former indentured servant, became the 1st person indicted under the Sedition Act of 1918. Lyon was convicted of sedition after he printed his honest opinion of Pres. John Adams. Vermont re-elected Lyon to Congress while he served his jail time. He later represented Kentucky (1803-1811) in the US House of Representatives.
    (SFC, 3/24/00, p.B3)(WSJ, 10/29/04, p.W10)

1799        Jan 25, Eliakim Spooner of Vermont received the 1st US patent for a seeding machine.
    (MC, 1/25/02)

1801        Jun 1, Mormon leader Brigham Young (d.1877), the second president of the Mormon Church, was born in Whitingham, Vt.
    (AP, 6/1/97)

1801        In Grafton, Enos Lovell converted his 2-story Federal-style house into an inn.
    (HT, 5/97, p.10)

1803        Jan 3, A widow wrote this epitaph in a Vermont cemetery: Sacred to the memory of my husband John Barnes who died January 3, 1803 His comely young widow, aged 23, has many qualifications of a good wife, and yearns to be comforted.
    (e-mail, Riddiough, 5/16/99)

1803-1876     Orestes Augustus Brownson, American author and clergyman was born in  Stockbridge, Vt. At first a Presbyterian, he later became a Universalist, a Unitarian minister, head of his own church, a transcendentalist, and finally (1844) a Roman Catholic. As a writer and magazine editor, Brownson dealt with religious questions and fought social injustice: "We have heard enough of the liberties and the rights of man, it is high time to hear something of the duties of men and the rights of authority." In 1992 Gregory Butler wrote the biography: "In Search of the American Spirit," and in 1999 R.A. Herrera published "Orestes Brownson: Sign of Contradiction." http://encyclopedia.com/articles/01924.html
    (WSJ, 5/28/99, p.W11)

1805        Dec 23, Joseph Smith Junior (d.1844), principal founder of the Mormon religious movement, was born in Sharon, Vermont.
    (SFC, 4/9/96, A-7)(AP, 12/23/05)

1811        Aug 3, Elisha Graves Otis (d.1861), inventor (safe elevator), was born. The Vermont native, was a master mechanic working at a bedstead factory in Yonkers, N.Y., when he built a hoisting machine with two sets of metal teeth at the car’s sides. If the lifting rope broke, the teeth would lock into place, preventing the car from falling. Otis ever realized the potential of his invention. His sons built the Otis Elevator Company, enabling the skylines of cities throughout the world to be transformed with skyscrapers.
    (www.famousamericans.net/elishagravesotis/)(ON, 5/05, p.12)

1811        Sep 3, John Humphrey Noyes was born in Vermont. He founded the Oneida Community (Perfectionists) in 1848.
    (MC, 9/3/01)(SSFC, 12/29/02, p.A6)

1820        Norwich Univ. began as a private military college in the Green Mountains of Vermont.
    (Hem, 9/04, p.69)

c1820        The Manleys built a 2-story home in Dorset later known as the “Old Stone House." In 1908 the property was purchased by Edwin Lefevre, best known as the author of “Reminiscences of a Stock Operator." In 2000 the house was selling for $1.495 million.
    (SFC, 9/1/00, p.W10)

1829        Oct 5, the 21st president of the United States, Chester Alan Arthur, was born in Fairfield, Vt. Some sources list 1830.
    (AP, 10/5/07)

1848        Sep 13, Dr. John Martyn Harlow treated Phinneas Gage in Vermont for a head injury from a tamping iron that had pierced the man’s skull during a blasting accident. Gage survived until 1860, but with definite personality changes that Dr. Harlow tracked.
    (ON, 10/02, p.9)(Econ, 12/23/06, Survey p.3)

1856        Orvis, a fly-tackle manufacturer, began operations in Manchester, Vermont Charles F. Orvis founded the mail-order fishing tackle shop. Leigh Perkins (1927-2021) bought the 20-employee company for $400,000 in 1965. In 1992 Perkins turned the company of more than 700 employees over to his sons.  In 1993 the company was a $100 million business.
    (WSJ, 2/28/97, p.B7)(SFC, 5/17/21, p.B6)

1864        Oct 19, The northernmost action of the American Civil War took place in the Vermont town of St. Albans. Some 25 escaped Confederate POWs led by Kentuckian Bennett Young (21) raided the town near the Canadian border with the intent of robbing three banks and burning the town. While they managed to leave town and hide out in Canada with more than $200,000, their attempts to burn down the town failed. Most of the raiders were captured and imprisoned in Canada and later released after a court ruled the robberies in St. Albans were acts of war.
    (HNQ, 12/9/98)(ON, 11/99, p.11)(MC, 10/19/01)

1865        Feb 9, Wilson Bentley (d.1931) was born on a farm near Jericho, Vermont. His interest in snow flakes led him to make the 1st photographs of snow crystals on Jan 15, 1885.
    (ON, 11/04, p.4)

1872        Jul 4, John Calvin Coolidge (d.1933) 30th President of the United States (1923-29), was born in Plymouth, Vermont. Calvin Coolidge, also known as ‘Silent Cal,’ was a Republican; Vice President from 1921-23 and succeeded to the Presidency on the death of Warren Harding in 1923; elected President in 1924 and served a full term. He was especially known for his economy of language. A lady dinner companion during his presidency told him she had a bet she could get him to say more than two words; he replied: "You lose." "Little progress can be made by merely attempting to repress what is evil. Our great hope lies in developing what is good."
    (AP, 7/4/97)(HN, 7/4/98)(IB, Internet, 12/7/98)(AP, 12/26/99)

1885        Jan 15, Wilson Bentley (1865-1931) of Jericho, Vermont, made the world’s 1st clear photographs of snow crystals.
    (ON, 11/04, p.4)

1894        Jun 17, 1st US poliomyelitis epidemic broke out in Rutland, Vermont.
    (MC, 6/17/02)

1900        Forestry student Benton MacKaye dreamed up the idea of an Appalacian Trail during a hike in Green Mountains of Vermont.
    (Econ, 8/6/16, p.69)

1901        Jul 28, Rudy Vallee, singer (Vagabond Dreams, My Time Is Your Time), was born in Vermont.
    (SC, 7/28/02)

1903        Jul 26, Dr. Horatio Nelson Jackson of Vermont and his mechanic Sewell Croker arrived in NYC completing the first cross-country automobile trip in 63 days after leaving SF. On July 26, 2003 Peter Kesling and Charlie Wake completed a rerun of the original trip.
    (WSJ, 7/19/02, p.W9)(WSJ, 5/7/03, p.B1)(SSFC, 7/27/03, p.A2)(ON, 9/04, p.12)

1909        Oct 26, General Oliver Otis Howard (b.1830), former Union Civil War commander, co-founder of Howard Univ., and Indian Commissioner, died in Burlington, Vermont. His books included “My Life and Experiences among Our Hostile Indians" (1907).

1910-1930    The 265-mile Long Trail hiking trail was created.
    (SFC, 4/27/00, p.A5)

1911        Jul 4, 105°F (41°C) at Vernon, Vermont (state record).
    (Maggio, 98)

1923        Aug 3, Calvin Coolidge was sworn in as the 30th president of the United States, following the death of Warren G. Harding. It took several hours for the news of President Warren G. Harding's death in California to reach the small town of Plymouth, Vermont, where he was enjoying a short vacation, but by 2 a.m., Coolidge was told that Harding was dead. Traditionally, the president is sworn in by the chief justice of the Supreme Court--but he slept 500 miles away. At 2:30 a.m. on August 3, 1923, Coolidge's father, a notary public, administered the oath of office to his son by the light of a kerosene lamp.
    (AP, 8/3/97)(HNPD, 8/3/98)

1927        Nov 2, Vermont began experiencing 3 days of severe flooding. Floods took out 1285 bridges, miles and miles of roads and railroads, and countless homes and buildings. 84 people died in the flood, including Lt. Governor S. Hollister Jackson.

1931        Dec 23, Wilson Bentley (1865-1931), photographer of snow flakes, died at his farm in Jericho, Vermont. He had just published a book of 2,453 of his finest snow crystal photos.
    (ON, 11/04, p.6)

1934        Jan 28, The 1st US rope ski tow began operation at Woodstock, Vermont.
    (MC, 1/28/02)

1938        Charles Minot Dole (1899-1976), founder of the Mt. Mansfield Ski Patrol, and Charles Langley, president of the United States National Ski Association, organized the US National Ski Patrol System in Stowe, Vermont. In 1941 they helped form the 87th Mountain Infantry Regiment, made up in large part by members of the National Ski Patrol.
    (ON, 4/2011, p.5)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Ski_Patrol)

1940        Oct 22, Guy Bailey (b.1876), Vermont politician and educator, died. He was elected secretary of state in 1908 and was reelected four times until resigning in August 1917.  In August 1919, Bailey was appointed acting president of the University of Vermont. In June 1920 he became president, and held this position until his death. In 2018 his name was removed from the school library in Burlington because of his support in research for the eugenics movement of the 1920s and 1930s that helped lead to sterilizations.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_W._Bailey)(SFC, 10/29/18, p.A5)

1943        May 29, Norman Rockwell’s portrait of “Rosie the Riveter" appeared on the cover of “The Saturday Evening Post." Rockwell’s model was Mary Keefe (19) of Arlington, Vermont. In 2002 the painting sold at auction for $4,959,500.
    (AP, 5/29/97)(AH, 10/02, p.10)

1946        Nov 24, Ted Bundy (d.1989), serial murderer, was born Burlington, Vt.
    (MC, 11/24/01)

1946        Marlboro College was founded by Walter Hendricks on Potash Hill in Marlboro, Vermont.

1948        Nov 17, Howard Dean, governor of Vermont (1991-2002), was born.
    (SFC, 6/24/03, p.A4)

1954        Vermont elected Consuelo Bailey as lieutenant governor.
    (SFC, 4/27/00, p.A5)

1958        Robert Stafford (1913-2006) was elected governor of Vermont he served 2 years and then won his 1st term in the US Congress. In 1971 he was appointed to the US Senate.
    (SSFC, 12/24/06, p.D7)
1958         The Elizabeth copper mine in Vermont closed for good. It had produced more than 100 million pounds of copper, about 90% of that from World War II onward. The closure left behind 7,800 feet of tunnels; abandoned buildings; equipment; huge piles of rock, known as tailings; and other mining debris. In 2001 the Elizabeth Mine was added to the Superfund list. In 2003 work began to cleanup the site. In 2019 work began winding down, and the Environmental Protection Agency was getting ready to turn the site over to the state for long-term monitoring.
    (AP, 9/7/19)

1962        Phil Hoff became the state’s first Democratic governor in over 100 years.
    (SFEC, 4/2/00, p.A6)

1963        Dean Mathey, a prominent investment banker, established the Windham Foundation. Its mandate included the restoration of Grafton Village in Windham County.
    (HT, 5/97, p.10)

1963-1969    Denys Rackley (d.1998 at 76), Carthusian monk, helped build the only American monastery of the Carthusian order, the Charterhouse of the Transfiguration in Arlington, Vt. He trained at the Carthusian order’s mother house in La Grand Chartreuse, France, where the order is supported by the sale of its Chartreuse liqueur.
    (SFC, 2/24/98, p.A22)

1964        Sep, Vermont officials authorized local authorities to remove Romaine Tenney (64) from his farm to make way for an Interstate highway. Mr. Tenney locked himself inside his home and set it on fire. In 2021 the last remaining tree from the historical Romaine Tenney Farm was cut down in Weathersfield. The Romaine Tenney Memorial Park was created    with a $30,000 grant from the Vermont Agency of Transportation.
    (NY Times, 5/27/21)

1965        Aug 8, Shirley Jackson, writer and author of horror fiction, died in Vermont. Her work included "The Haunting of Hill House" (1959) and "The Lottery" (1948). In 1997 a collection of short fiction was published titled "Just an Ordinary Day." In 2016 Ruth Franklin authored “Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life."
    (SFEM, 1/12/97, BR  p.3)(Econ, 9/24/16, p.80)

1969        Aug 7, The body of a Vermont man was discovered by a work crew in a water-filled pit off Interstate 93 in Salem, New Hampshire. In 2020 fingerprint evidence identified him as Winston “Skip" Morris (30). He had been released from prison three months earlier and was found shot at least six times in the head.
    (AP, 4/6/20)

1969        Fish and wildlife officials in New York and Vermont banned fish shooting. In 1970 the Vermont Legislature re-instated the sport.
    (SFC, 5/11/04, p.A2)

1970        Apr 16, A fire at Johnson’s Pasture Commune left 4 people dead.
    (SFC, 8/10/98, p.A10)

1972        Vermont’s Yankee Nuclear Power Station opened.
    (SFC, 8/28/13, p.A8)

1973        Mar 6, Pearl Sydenstricker Buck (b.1892), author, died in Vermont. Her books included “The Good Earth" (1931), for which she won the 1938 Nobel Prize in Literature. In 2010 Hilary Spurling authored “Pearl Buck in China: Journey to the Good Earth."
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pearl_S._Buck)(Econ, 4/10/10, p.85)

1976        Vermont Gov. Tom Salmon granted the Abenaki Indians recognition. The following year a new governor rescinded recognition.
    (SFC, 12/13/02, p.J7)

1977        Cora Partridge (d.1999 at 82) wrote "Vermont, the State with the Storybook Past." The Vermont history book was revised in 1981.
    (SFC, 3/2/99, p.A20)

1978        Howard Dean graduated from Albert Einstein College of medicine and began practicing as a physician of internal medicine.
    (SFC, 11/24/03, p.A13)

1983-1986    Howard Dean served as a member of the Vermont House of Representatives.
    (SFC, 11/24/03, p.A13)

1986-1991    Howard Dean served as lieutenant governor of Vermont.
    (SFC, 11/24/03, p.A13)

1987        Mar 28, Maria Augusta von Trapp (Trapp Family Singers), whose life inspired the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "The Sound of Music," died in Morrisville, Vt., at age 82.
    (AP, 3/28/97)(MC, 3/28/02)

1987        Jun 19, Vermont’s Ben & Jerry Ice Cream & Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia announce new Ice Cream flavor, Cherry Garcia.

1989        Sep 15, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Penn Warren (b.1905), the first poet laureate of the United States, died in Stratton, Vt., at age 84. He authored 16 poetry collections and 10 novels that included the 1946 "All the King’s Men."
    (WSJ, 2/27/97, p.A15)(AP, 9/14/99)

1991        May 8, Concert pianist Rudolf Serkin died in Guilford, Vermont, at age 88.
    (AP, 5/8/01)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudolf_Serkin)

1991-2002    Howard Dean served as governor of Vermont.
    (SFC, 11/24/03, p.A13)

1992        In Vermont Fran Henry started the “Stop it Now" helpline service for child sex offenders. A British version followed a decade later.
    (Econ, 8/13/16, p.42)

1998        Jan 8-9, The US Northeast and Canada were hit with a severe ice storm and at least 16 people were reported killed. Millions of people were left without power in upper New York, Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire.
    (SFC, 1/9/98, p.A3)(SFC, 1/10/98, p.A8)

1998        Mar 19, In Vermont a bomb exploded in a teenager’s bedroom. Christopher Marquis (17) was killed and his mother was injured. A package bomb was suspected.
    (SFC, 3/20/98, p.A3)

1998        Mar 20, An Indiana man, Chris Dean (35), was arrested for sending the pipe bomb that killed Christopher Marquis. Marquis had defrauded Dean in a $400 trade of Citizens Band radio equipment arranged on the Internet.
    (SFC, 3/21/98, p.A3)

1998        Jun, Kate Logan, a senior at Long Trail High School, disrobed in the middle of her commencement speech in a gesture to symbolize the freedom and confidence she learned in school.
    (WSJ, 6/19/98, p.W13)

1998        Jun 27, Heavy thunderstorms in the Northeast and Midwest left at least 5 people dead. The annual Ben & Jerry’s One World One Heart festival at Sugarbush, Vermont, was cancelled.
    (SFEC, 6/28/98, p.A8)

1999        Sep 1, Karen Maple (36) was jailed at Chittenden Regional Correctional for refusing to show up for hearings over the home schooling for her son (15), who was declared truant from public school. Maple was released Sep 14 and ordered to take her son to a Vermont agency for evaluation of his educational needs.
    (WSJ, 9/10/99, p.A18)(SFC, 9/15/99, p.A6)

1999        Dec 20, A Vermont court ruled that gay and lesbian couples must be granted the same rights as people in heterosexual marriages.
    (SFC, 12/21/99, p.A1)

2000        Mar 16, The state House of Representatives voted 76-69 for a bill to give same-sex couples all the rights and responsibilities granted to married heterosexuals.
    (SFEC, 4/2/00, p.A6)

2000        Apr 12, It was reported that the Vermont-based Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream maker would be sold to Unilever Corp.
    (SFC, 4/13/00, p.D1)

2000        Apr 25, In Vermont the Legislature approved civil unions for homosexuals and Gov. Howard Dean promised to sign the legislation effective July 1.
    (SFC, 4/26/00, p.A1)

2000        Apr 26, Vermont Governor Howard Dean signed the nation’s first bill allowing same-sex couples to form civil unions.
    (AP, 4/26/01)

2000        Jul 1, The marriage-like law for civil unions for homosexuals became effective.
    (SFEC, 7/2/00, p.A1)

2001        Mar 21, In Vermont a flock of 234 sheep were seized by federal agents over fears of infection with a version of mad cow disease. The sheep had originated in Belgium in 1996.
    (SFC, 3/22/01, p.A3)

2001        Apr 9, A train derailed over the Connecticut River and some 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel were released.
    (SFC, 4/10/01, p.A3)

2001        May 24, Senator James Jeffords of Vermont (67) announced that he would quit the Republican Party and declare himself an independent. The switch would become official upon the completion of the tax-cut bill.
    (SFC, 5/24/01, p.A1)(SFC, 5/25/01, p.A1)

2001        Jun 5, The US Senate went under Democratic control as Vermont Sen. James Jeffords changed his party affiliation from Republican to Independent.
    (SFC, 6/6/01, p.A3)

2001        Nov 16, An anthrax laced letter was found in quarantined congressional mail addressed to Sen. Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont. It was found to contain billions of spores, enough to kill 100,000 people.
    (SFC, 11/17/01, p.A1)(WSJ, 11/21/01, p.A8)(SFC, 11/26/01, p.A5)

2001        Dec 6, Robert A. Woodward (37) brandished a knife and was shot 7 times by police in the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church. He died shortly later in a hospital.
    (SFC, 12/7/01, p.E5)

2002        May 31, Vermont Gov. Howard Dean filed papers with the Federal Election Commission for "Dean for America" presidential-campaign organization.
    (WSJ, 6/23/03, p.A4)

2002        Jun 13, Gov. Howard Dean signed a bill making Vermont the 1st state to require drug companies to disclose payments of over $25 to medical-care providers.
    (WSJ, 6/14/02, p.A1)

2002        David Mamet authored “South of the Northeast Kingdom," a memoir and essay about Vermont.
    (SSFC, 10/12/02, p.C10)

2003        Jan 9, Vermont Gov. Howard Dean ended 12 years as state governor.
    (WSJ, 6/23/03, p.A4)

2003        Jun 23, Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean announced that he's running for president.
    (WSJ, 6/23/03, p.A4)

2003        The population of Vermont at this time was about 610,000.
    (Econ, 6/28/03, p.32)

2004        Jan 22, Gov. Douglas signaled his interest in the state buying a share of power dams on the Connecticut and Deerfield Rivers.
    (USAT, 1/20/04, p.12A)

2004        Jan, Vermont began arraigning some jailed prisoners by video.
    (USAT, 1/20/04, p.12A)

2004        Mar 2, Residents of Killington, Vermont, voted to join New Hampshire due to a dispute over property taxes.
    (ST, 3/2/04, p.A5)(AP, 3/2/04)

2004        Nov 2, Jim Douglas (R) was elected governor of Vermont.
    (SFC, 11/4/04, p.A18)

2004        Nov 21, Noel Perrin (b.1927), Dartmouth professor and Vermont farmer, died. In 2006 Terry S. Osborne published “Best Person Rural," a collection of Perrin’s best essays.
    (www.dartmouth.edu/~news/releases/2004/11/23.html)(WSJ, 11/24/06, p.W8)

2004        Frank Bryan (62), political scientist at the Univ. of Vermont, authored “Real Democracy: The New England Town Meeting and How It Works."

2005        Feb 12, Howard Dean (b.1948), former Vermont governor and presidential candidate, was elected chairman of the Democratic Party.
    (SSFC, 2/13/05, p.A3)

2005        Aug 13, James Petersen (51), a Univ. of Vermont anthropology professor on a research trip to Brazil, was killed while he was being robbed in Iranduba near the Amazon River. Three suspects were taken into custody.
    (AP, 8/14/05)

2006        Apr 8, Democratic Party leaders in Vermont passed a motion asking Congress to immediately begin impeachment proceedings against President Bush.
    (Reuters, 4/9/06)

2006        May 9, Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas signed a health reform package to provide health insurance to as many as 25,000 uninsured residents.
    (SFC, 5/10/06, p.A3)

2006        Jun 26, The US Supreme Court ruled that Vermont's 1997 limits on contributions and spending in political campaigns are too low and improperly hinder the ability of candidates to raise money and speak to voters.

2006        Aug 24, In Essex, Vermont, Christopher Williams (26) shot and killed 2 people after breaking up with his girlfriend, and then shot himself in the head. Williams killed Andrea Lambesis (57), the mother of his girlfriend at her home. He then went to Essex Elementary School where he  killed teacher Mary Shanks (56) and wounded 2 others.
    (SFC, 8/25/06, p.A5)(AP, 8/25/06)

2006        Oct 7, Michelle Gardner-Quinn (21), a Univ. of Vermont senior from Arlington, Va., was reported missing.  After chasing leads for nearly a week, police investigating her disappearance got a break when a group of hikers spotted a body in a rocky ravine. A suspect, Brian Rooney (36), was arrested Oct 13 on unrelated charges of sex abuse in two other Vermont counties. In 2008 Rooney was convicted of murder.
    (AP, 10/14/06)(AP, 5/22/08)

2006        Nov 7, Bernard Sanders from Vermont was elected to the U.S. Senate over GOP opponent Richard Tarrant and became the first socialist in the U.S. Senate. He had been a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Vermont for 16 years (1991-2007). For purposes of committee assignments he is counted as a Democrat.
    (SSFC, 11/5/06, p.A8)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernie_Sanders)

2006        Dec 23, Robert Stafford (1913), former governor of Vermont (1958-1960) and US Senator (1971-1989), died. In 1988 the US Congress renamed the Federal Guaranteed Student Loan Program as the Robert T. Stafford Student Loan Program.
    (SSFC, 12/24/06, p.D7)

2007        Apr 20, Vermont senators voted to call for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, saying their actions have raised "serious questions of constitutionality."
    (AP, 4/20/07)

2008        Jan 30, It was reported that bats were dying off by the thousands as they hibernated in caves and mines around New York and Vermont, sending researchers scrambling to find the cause of mysterious condition dubbed "white nose syndrome." Up to 11,000 bats were found dead last winter and many more were showing signs of illness this winter.
    (AP, 1/30/08)

2008        Mar 4, In Vermont voters in Brattleboro and Marlboro passed a nonbinding, symbolic measure that instructs town police to arrest President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney for "crimes against our Constitution" and "extradite them to other authorities that may reasonably contend to prosecute them."
    (Reuters, 3/5/08)
2008        Mar 4, John McCain clinched the Republican nomination. Hillary Clinton won primaries in Texas, Ohio and Rhode Island, halting Barack Obama's winning streak. Obama won in Vermont. Obama came away with a large share of delegates, too, in counting that continued.
    (AP, 3/5/08)

2008        Jun 18, Tasha Tudor (b.1915), American children’s book illustrator, died in Vermont.
    (WSJ, 6/25/08, p.D7)(www.tashatudor.legacy.com/LMW/HomePage.aspx)

2008        Jun 25, Brooke Bennett of Braintree, Vermont, disappeared and was found dead on July 2. Federal prosecutors later charged Michael Jacques (42) with drugging, sexually assaulting and killing his 12-year-old niece. Prosecutors also said that he coerced another girl into aiding his plot by claiming to be part of a child-sex club that sometimes selected girls for "termination."
    (AP, 10/1/08)

2008        Jul 2, In Vermont the body of a missing girl (12), whose uncle (Michael Jacques) allegedly planned to force her into a sex ring the day she disappeared, was found in Randolph, not far from his house.
    (AP, 7/2/08)

2009        Apr 7, Vermont became the first state to legalize same sex marriage through a legislature’s vote.
    (SFC, 4/8/09, p.A5)

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)

2010        May 30, Peter Orlovsky (76), poet and partner of Allen Ginsberg, died in Vermont.
    (SFC, 6/3/10, p.C5)

2010        Jun, In Vermont Brian Boland (61) orchestrated the construction of “Vermontasaurus," a 25-foot-tall, 122-foot-long wooden dinosaur on the edge of his property. Local and state officials soon called for permits totaling some $422 plus safety tests.
    (SFC, 7/12/10, p.A6)

2011        May 5, Vermont’s legislature passed a bill outlining steps for a single-payer health system. Gov. Peter Shumlin was expected to soon sign the bill.
    (Econ, 5/14/11, p.40)

2011        May 10, Vermont officials said swamped farm fields and gorged rivers could worsen pollution worries for the flooded Lake Champlain because of the high amount of phosphorus that has washed into it.
    (AP, 5/10/11)

2011        Aug 29, The storm that had been Hurricane Irene crossed into Canada overnight but wasn't yet through with the US, where flood waters threatened Vermont towns and big city commuters had to make do with slowly reawakening transit systems.
    (AP, 8/29/11)

2011        Aug 30, Flooding isolated entire towns in Vermont and New York, some communities warily watched swollen rivers and more than a million people from Virginia to Maine lacked electricity, three days after Hurricane Irene churned up the Eastern Seaboard. The storm was blamed for at least 40 deaths in 11 states.
    (AP, 8/30/11)

2011        Aug 31, Vermont emergency airlift operations brought ready-to-eat meals and water to residents left isolated from Hurricane Irene. The storm was blamed for at least 45 deaths in the continental US, one in Puerto Rico and 7 more in the Dominican Rep. and Haiti.
    (AP, 8/31/11)(SFC, 9/1/11, p.A10)

2012        Jan 19, A US federal judge blocked Vermont from forcing the Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor to shut down when its license expires in March and said the state cannot force the plant’s owner to sell electricity to in-state utilities at reduced rates as a condition of operation.
    (SFC, 1/20/12, p.A6)

2012        Mar 6, Ten US states voted in the Super Tuesday Republican primaries. Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney edged out conservative rival Rick Santorum in the vital battleground of Ohio and won five of the night's other contests. Romney also notched victories in Alaska, Idaho, Vermont, Virginia and his home-state of Massachusetts, while Santorum won North Dakota, Oklahoma and Tennessee, and Newt Gingrich carried his home state of Georgia.
    (SFC, 3/7/12, p.A6)(Econ, 3/10/12, p.18)

2012        Mar 26, Vermont police in  Barnet found the body of Melissa Jenkins (33), a boarding school teacher. She had disappeared a day earlier leaving her SUV running and 2-year-old child unharmed inside. On March 28 Vermont snowplow driver Allen Prue was accused with his wife Patricia of luring the teacher from her home by pretending their vehicle had broken down, strangling her, stripping her and throwing her body into the Connecticut River.
    (SFC, 3/27/12, p.A5)(SFC, 3/29/12, p.A7)

2013        Jan 1, Ten states kicked off the new year with a minimum wage rise of between 10 and 35 cents. The rises went into effect in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.
    (Reuters, 1/1/13)

2013        Jun 6, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin signed a measure making Vermont the 17th US state to eliminate criminal penalties for the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
    (SFC, 6/8/13, p.A4)

2013        Aug 27, Entergy Corp. said it will shut down the Yankee Nuclear Power Station, Vermont’s only nuclear power plant, in the 4th quarter of 2014.
    (SFC, 8/28/13, p.A8)

2014        Apr 23, The Vermont House approved the country’s first state bill to require the labeling of genetically modified food, effective July 1, 2016. Gov. Peter Shumlin said he plans to sign it.
    (SFC, 4/25/14, p.A6)

2014        Aug 18, James Jeffords (80), former US Senator from Vermont, died in DC. In 2001 he declared that he would leave the Republicans and caucus with Democrats. This cost Republicans their control of the Senate.
    (SFC, 8/19/14, p.A6)

2014        Dec 13, In Vermont over 10,000 utility customers were still without power three days after a strom pounded the state with heavy snow.
    (SSFC, 12/14/14, p.A8)

2015        Jan 8, Vermont lawmakers voted 110-69 to elect Gov. Peter Shumlin to a 3rd two-year term after he failed to win the popular vote last November.
    (SFC, 1/9/15, p.A6)

2015        Aug 7, In Vermont Jody Herring (40), upset about losing custody of her daughter, used a hunting rifle to fatally shoot child-welfare agency worker Lara Sobel, who had handled her case. Herring was detained by people in and around the building after the shooting in Barre City. Herring was soon also charged with the murder 3 women whose bodies were found earlier in the day.
    (AP, 8/8/15)(SSFC, 8/9/15, p.A7)

2016        May 28, In Vermont Amos Beede was fatally beaten at a homeless encampment in Burlingame after he poured bodily fluids onto the tent of one of his assailants. On June 2 four suspects were arrested in San Diego on 2nd degree murder charges following a nationwide manhunt.
    (SFC, 6/4/16, p.A5)

2016        Dec 30, Vermont’s Burlington Electric Department confirmed it had found on one of its laptops the malware code used in Grizzly Steppe, the name Homeland Security has applied to a Russian campaign linked to recent hacks.
    (AP, 12/31/16)

2017        Nov, In Vermont Betty Miller (70) was arrested after telling investigators that she made ricin at her home in the Wake Robin community in Shelburne because she wanted to injure herself. She had reportedly sprinkled it in other residents’ food and beverages, apparently to see how it would work. In May, 2018, Miller pleaded guilty to possessing ricin. In September, 2018, Miller was ordered to pay a fine of $10,000 and was sentenced to time served and five years of probation.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y97539oz)(SFC, 9/7/18, p.A4)

2018        Jan 10, Vermont’s state Senate gave final approval to a bill that would allow the recreational use of marijuana, putting he state on course to become the first US state to legalize pot by an act of the legislature rather than through a citizen referendum.
    (SFC, 1/11/18, p.A7)

2018        Jan 22, Vermont’s Rep. Gov. Phil Scott signed that state’s recreational marijuana bill into law. The law, effective July 1, allows adults to possess up to one ounce of marijuana, two mature and four immature plants.
    (SFC, 1/23/18, p.A6)

2019        Sep 1, In Vermont the minimum age went from 18 to 21 to buy tobacco products and electronic cigarettes.
    (AP, 9/1/19)

2019        Sep 20, It was reported that the Vermont Air National Guard is due to take delivery of the first two of 20 F-35 fighter aircrafts. The $94 million planes will be based in Burlington.
    (SFC, 9/20/19, p.A6)

2019        Nov 1, A clash of storm fronts that began on Halloween created havoc that caused flooding, knocked over trees, downed power lines and damaged homes from the Deep South throughout the Northeast. More than 100,000 homes and businesses were without electricity in the Philadelphia suburbs. More than 200,000 customers were without power in New York state. In Maine, more than 120,000 customers were without power. In Vermont more than 20,000 customers were without power and in New Hampshire it was about 16,000.
    (AP, 11/1/19)

2019        Dec 4, The Northeast began digging out from a monster nor'easter that dumped over two feet of snow onto towns in New York, Massachusetts and Vermont.
    (Good Morning America, 12/4/19)

2020        Mar 8, Vermont announced its first presumptive case of the coronavirus.
    (Good Morning America, 3/8/20)

2020        Mar 25, Miami, Wisconsin, Vermont joined a growing list of places where residents must stay home. At least 23 states have enacted policies to close nonessential businesses in an effort to slow the spread of novel coronavirus on US soil.
    (Good Morning America, 3/25/20)

2020        Apr 8, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a progressive standard-bearer whose campaigns for the Oval Office have helped usher in a left-leaning movement within segments of the Democratic party, ended his 2020 bid.
    (ABC News, 4/8/20)

2020        May 19, Charles Lippincott, film promoter, died in Vermont after having a heart attack. George Lucas called him “one of the founding pillars of the ‘Star Wars’ films and phenomenon" in a tribute on the official “Star Wars" website.
    (AP, 6/4/20)

2020        Jun 16, Vermont health officials said 83 cases of the coronavirus have been recorded in the Bhutanese community of Winooski and that the virus is expanding into neighboring Burlington.
    (SFC, 6/17/20, p.A6)

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)

2021        Jan 16, A storm lashed parts of New England with heavy rain, snow and wind, leading to power outages and slick roads. More than 15,000 homes and businesses were without electricity in Vermont, the hardest-hit state.
    (AP, 1/16/21)

2021        Apr 7, United Parcel Service said it has agreed to buy 10 electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft from Vermont-based startup Beta Technologies to speed up deliveries in small markets. The first 10 planes will start arriving in 2024.
    (Reuters, 4/7/21)

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 7, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott signed legislation that requires all registered voters in the state to receive mail-in ballots. The move counters Republican efforts in other states to restrict voting rights.
    (SFC, 6/8/21, p.A4)

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