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
1639 Jan 14, (Julian Calendar)
"Fundamental Orders," the first constitution of Connecticut, was
adopted [see Jan 24].
1639 Jan 24, (Gregorian
Calendar) The Fundamental Orders, the first constitution in the New
World, was adopted in Connecticut [see Jan 14].
c1640 In Connecticut Roger
Williams prepared the first primer of the Algonquian Indian
(SFEM, 11/15/98, p.23)
1640 English colonists founded
Greenwich, Connecticut. It evolved into an exclusive retreat from
(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.
1644 Feb 5, The 1st US
livestock branding law was passed by Connecticut.
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.
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.
1656 Oct 2, US colony
Connecticut passed a law against Quakers.
1662 Apr 23, Connecticut was
chartered as an English colony.
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
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,
1701 Oct 16, Yale University
was founded as The Collegiate School of Kilingworth, Connecticut by
Congregationalists who considered Harvard too liberal. [see Oct 9]
1718-1780 Colonel Samuel Browne operated his
30-square-mile New Salem plantation. Evidence of slave labor was
(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.
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.
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
(AHD, 1971, p.1452)(AP, 10/16/08)
1764 Thomas Green founded the
Hartford Courant newspaper.
(SFC, 7/6/00, p.C2)
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
1777 Apr 26, Sybil Ludington
(16) rode from NY to Ct rallying her father’s militia.
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)
1788 Jan 9, Connecticut became
the fifth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
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.
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.
1803 May 22, The 1st US public
library opened in Connecticut.
1806 Nov 15, 1st US college
magazine, Yale Literary Government, published its 1st issue.
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
(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.
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.
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,
(440 Int’l. Internet, 4/26/97, p.5)(SFC, 4/5/04,
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.
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,
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
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
(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.
1844 Dec 11, The 1st dental use
of nitrous oxide was at Hartford, Ct.
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.
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.
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.
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]
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.
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
(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.
1878 Jan 28, The first daily
college newspaper, Yale News (now Yale Daily News), began
publication in New Haven, Conn.
1878 Jan 28, The 1st telephone
exchange was established at New Haven, Conn.
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
(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,
c1880 Mark Twain began
investing in a mechanical typesetter invented by James Paige of
(ON, 7/00, p.4)
1882 Mar 29, The Knights of
Columbus was granted a charter by the state of Connecticut.
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
(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
(WSJ, 4/12/08, p.A6)
1887 Mar 8, Everett Horton of
Connecticut patented a fishing rod of telescoping steel tubes.
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
(SFEC, 10/22/00, Z1 p.2)(AP, 8/13/08)
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
(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
(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.
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
1908 Nov 29, Adam Clayton
Powell, Jr., later New York Congressman, was born in New Haven,
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.
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,
1911 Dec 18, Jules Dassin,
director (Circle of Two, Never on Sunday), was born in Middletown,
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,
1912 Feb 14, The 1st US
submarines with diesel engines were commissioned at Groton, Ct.
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.
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
(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
(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
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.
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.
1920 Nov 16, Metered mail was
born in Stamford, Connecticut, with the first Pitney Bowes postage
1921 Aug 3, Hayden Carruth,
novelist (Crow & Heart), was born in Waterbury, Ct.
1925 John Day Jackson purchased
the morning Journal-Courier newspaper as a complement to the
(SFC, 9/4/99, p.A25)
1928 Nov 23, Jerry Bock,
Broadway composer (Fiddler on the Roof), was born in New Haven, Ct.
1929 The Ansonia Clock Co. of
Ansonia, Conn., formed in 1850, was forced to close by the
(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,
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
(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,
1935 Aug 22, E. Annie Proulx,
writer, was born in Connecticut. Her novels included "Postcards" and
"The Shipping News."
1937 Mar 1, The 1st US
permanent automobile license plates was issued in Connecticut.
1938 Jul 9, Brian Dennehy,
actor (Check is in the Mail, F/X, Cocoon, Death of a Salesman), was
born in Ct.
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,
1938 Oct 22, Christopher Lloyd,
actor (Taxi, Back to the Future), was born in Stamford, Ct.
1938 Abraham Ribicoff was
elected to the Connecticut General Assembly as a representative from
(SFC, 2/23/98, p.A5)
1939 Apr 19, Connecticut
finally approved Bill of Rights.
1940 Jul 18, The 1st successful
helicopter flight was made at Stratford, Ct.
1941 Apr 15, 1st helicopter
flight of 1 hour duration took place at Stratford, Ct.
1941 Aug 12, Deborah Walley,
actress (Mothers-in-Law), was born in Bridgeport, Ct.
1942 Jun 6, The 1st nylon
parachute jump was made in Hartford, Ct., by Adeline Gray.
1942 Jun 14, The first bazooka
rocket gun, produced in Bridgeport, Ct., demolished a tank from its
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
(AP, 9/21/97)(WSJ, 5/31/06,
1946 Feb 16, The 1st
commercially designed helicopter was tested at Bridgeport, Ct.
1947 Mar 19, Glenn Close,
actress (The Big Chill, Fatal Attraction), was born in Greenwich,
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
1949 Mar 2, 1st automatic
street light was in New Milford, CT.
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.
1952 The organization Promoting
Enduring Peace was founded in Woodmont, Conn. It sponsored
friendship tours to the Soviet Union, China, Nicaragua, Cuba and
(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.
(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
(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.
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).
1955 Aug 17, Hurricane Diane
followed hurricane Connie and flooded the Connecticut River killing
190 and doing $1.8 billion in damage.
1956 Jan 10, The US Navy
established its first nuclear power school at Submarine Base, New
(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
(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.
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
(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.
1967 Jun 23, The US Senate
voted to censure Democrat Thomas J. Dodd of Connecticut for using
campaign money for personal uses.
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
1968 Nov 14, In Connecticut
Yale University announced its plan to go co-ed.
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.
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.
1972 Oct 26, Igor Sikorsky
(b.1889), Ukraine-born helicopter pioneer, died in Connecticut.
(HNPD, 10/27/98)(ON, 3/06,
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.
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
(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
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,
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.
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.
9/25/05)(AP, 2/8/08)(SFC, 5/11/11, p.A2)
1983 The Pequot Indians won
(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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
(SFC, 6/19/99, p.A3)
1991 Jun 19, Two of Mia
Farrow's daughters were arrested in Danbury, Conn., for shoplifting
1992 Mar 2, Actress Sandy
Dennis died in Westport, Conn., at age 54.
1992 Mar 24, Democrat Jerry
Brown upset front-runner Bill Clinton in the Connecticut
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
(WSJ, 9/3/98, p.A16)(WSJ, 2/8/00, p.A20)
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.
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.
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
(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
(SFC, 4/10/97, p.A23)(AP, 4/8/98)(SSFC, 4/15/12,
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.
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
(SFC, 4/1/98, p.C2)
1998 Aug 11, The 308,000
sq.-foot Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center opened in
(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
(Econ, 2/19/05, p.31)(AP, 6/23/05)(WSJ, 6/24/05,
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,
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
(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
(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,
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
(SFC, 5/3/00, p.A1)
2000 Aug 7, Vice Pres. Al Gore
chose Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman, an Orthodox Jew, as his
(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
(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
(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.
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."
2002 Mar 31, Connecticut beat
Oklahoma 82-70 to conclude its second unbeaten season with a third
women's national championship.
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.
2002 Jun 12, Bill Blass
(b.1922), fashion designer, died of throat cancer in New Preston,
(SFC, 6/13/02, p.A23)
2002 Aug 13, An explosion at a
condominium complex in West Haven killed 2 people. Natural gas was
(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.
2003 Apr 8, Connecticut won its
second straight NCAA women's basketball championship, defeating
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
(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."
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
(SFC, 1/28/04, p.A2)
2004 Feb 17, In Connecticut 2
cranes collapsed at a bridge construction site and one worker was
(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
(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
2004 Jun 21, Connecticut Gov.
John G. Rowland announced his resignation, amid a federal corruption
investigation and a growing move to impeach him.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2006 Mar 3, It was reported
that Save the Children USA, a Connecticut-based humanitarian
organization, will withdraw from Iraq due to deteriorating security
(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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
(SFC, 4/10/07, p.D9)(WSJ, 4/21/07, p.P16)(SFC,
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
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.
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.
(Econ, 5/23/09, p.36)(SFC, 10/28/11, p.A18)
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.
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
(SFC, 2/8/10, p.A6)
2010 Mar 13, A storm battered
parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut with
gusts of up to 70 mph.
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.
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.
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.
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
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)
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
(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
(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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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,
2012 Apr 7, Broadcasting legend
Mike Wallace (93) died in a long-term care center in New Haven,
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
(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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
(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
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
(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.
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.
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
(SSFC, 5/27/18, p.A8)
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.
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
(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
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
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.
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.