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Brattleboro became the first permanent English settlement in
1730 The French arrived in
Swanton, Vermont, and the plague followed. The local Abenaki Indians
faded into the woods.
(SFC, 12/13/02, p.J7)
1775 May 10, Ethan Allen and
his 83 Green Mountain Boys captured the British-held fortress at
Ticonderoga, N.Y., on the western shore of Lake Champlain. They took
the entire garrison captive without firing a shot. This was the 1st
aggressive American action in the War of Independence.
(AP, 5/10/97)(HN, 5/10/98)(ON, 3/00, p.4)
1777 Jan 15, The people of New
Connecticut, a chunk of upstate New York, declared their
independence. The tiny republic became the state of Vermont in 1791.
(AP, 1/15/99)(ST, 3/2/04, p.A1)(Econ., 2/28/15,
1777 Jul 8, Vermont became the
1st American colony to abolish slavery. [see Mar 1, 1780]
1777 Aug 16, American forces
won the Revolutionary War Battle of Bennington, Vt.
1777 The Vermont constitution
outlawed slavery, allowed universal male suffrage with no property
requirements, and called for the direct election of the governor.
Vermont also called for a system of public education.
(SFC, 4/27/00, p.A5)
1777 Vermont including the town
of Killington declared independence from New York and New Hampshire.
It became a country unto itself, coined its own money, set up its
own postal service and elected its own president. The Republic of
Vermont stayed independent until 1791.
(SFEC, 4/2/00, p.A6)(ST, 3/2/04, p.A5)
1778 Ethan Allen, the hero of
Ticonderoga, was released from prison in England as part of a
(ON, 3/00, p.6)
1779 Ethan Allen authored “A
Narrative of Ethan Allen’s Captivity.”
(ON, 3/00, p.6)
1789 Ethan Allen (b.1738),
leader of Vermont’s Green Mountain Boys, died. In 1949 Stewart H.
Holbrook authored “Ethan Allen.” In 1969 Charles A. Jellison
authored “Ethan Allen: Frontier Rebel.”
(WUD, 1994 p.39)(ON, 3/00, p.6)
1790 Jul 31, The first US
patent was issued to Samuel Hopkins of Vermont for an improvement
"in the making of Pot ash and Pearl ash by a new Apparatus and
Process". This patent was signed by then President George
Washington. The first 10,280 patents, issued between 1790 and 1836,
were destroyed by a fire. The legal basis for the United States
patent system (USPTO) is Article 1, Section 8 of the US Constitution
wherein the powers of Congress are defined.
1790 Oct 28, NY gave up claims
to Vermont for $30,000.
1791 Mar 4, Vermont was
admitted as the 14th state. It was the first addition to the
original 13 colonies.
(HN, 3/4/98) (AP, 3/4/98)
1792 Apr 4, American
abolitionist Thaddeus Stevens, U.S. Radical Republican congressional
leader, was born in Danville, Vt..
(AP, 4/4/98)(HN, 4/4/98)
1793 Captain John Norton
founded a stoneware pottery shop in Bennington. The wares were
rarely marked until 1823. Various members of the family worked at
the pottery until it closed shop in 1894.
(SFC, 2/18/98, Z1 p.3)
1793 Early settlers discovered
ore in what became known as Vermont's copper belt, two years after
statehood. In 1809 people began to make copperas, an industrial
chemical made from iron sulfide used to make inks and dyes and for
other industrial applications, also common in the area.
1794 Jan 13, President
Washington approved a measure adding two stars and two stripes to
the American flag, following the admission of Vermont and Kentucky
to the union. The number of stripes was later reduced to the
1798 Jan 30, A brawl broke out
in the House of Representatives in Philadelphia. Matthew Lyon of
Vermont spat in the face of Roger Griswold of Connecticut, who
responded by attacking him with a hickory walking stick. Lyon was
re-elected congressman while serving a jail sentence for violating
the Sedition Acts of 1798.
(AP, 1/30/98)(SFC, 4/27/00, p.A5)(WSJ, 10/29/04,
1798 Vermont Congressman
Matthew Lyon (1749-1822), Irish-born former indentured servant,
became the 1st person indicted under the Sedition Act of 1918. Lyon
was convicted of sedition after he printed his honest opinion of
Pres. John Adams. Vermont re-elected Lyon to Congress while he
served his jail time. He later represented Kentucky (1803-1811) in
the US House of Representatives.
(SFC, 3/24/00, p.B3)(WSJ, 10/29/04, p.W10)
1799 Jan 25, Eliakim Spooner of
Vermont received the 1st US patent for a seeding machine.
1801 Jun 1, Mormon leader
Brigham Young (d.1877), the second president of the Mormon Church,
was born in Whitingham, Vt.
1801 In Grafton, Enos Lovell
converted his 2-story Federal-style house into an inn.
(HT, 5/97, p.10)
1803 Jan 3, A widow wrote this
epitaph in a Vermont cemetery: Sacred to the memory of my husband
John Barnes who died January 3, 1803 His comely young widow, aged
23, has many qualifications of a good wife, and yearns to be
(e-mail, Riddiough, 5/16/99)
1803-1876 Orestes Augustus Brownson, American
author and clergyman was born in Stockbridge, Vt. At first a
Presbyterian, he later became a Universalist, a Unitarian minister,
head of his own church, a transcendentalist, and finally (1844) a
Roman Catholic. As a writer and magazine editor, Brownson dealt with
religious questions and fought social injustice: "We have heard
enough of the liberties and the rights of man, it is high time to
hear something of the duties of men and the rights of authority." In
1992 Gregory Butler wrote the biography: "In Search of the American
Spirit," and in 1999 R.A. Herrera published "Orestes Brownson: Sign
of Contradiction." http://encyclopedia.com/articles/01924.html
(WSJ, 5/28/99, p.W11)
1805 Dec 23, Joseph Smith
Junior (d.1844), principal founder of the Mormon religious movement,
was born in Sharon, Vermont.
(SFC, 4/9/96, A-7)(AP, 12/23/05)
1811 Aug 3, Elisha Graves Otis
(d.1861), inventor (safe elevator), was born. The Vermont native,
was a master mechanic working at a bedstead factory in Yonkers,
N.Y., when he built a hoisting machine with two sets of metal teeth
at the car’s sides. If the lifting rope broke, the teeth would lock
into place, preventing the car from falling. Otis ever realized the
potential of his invention. His sons built the Otis Elevator
Company, enabling the skylines of cities throughout the world to be
transformed with skyscrapers.
1811 Sep 3, John Humphrey Noyes
was born in Vermont. He founded the Oneida Community
(Perfectionists) in 1848.
(MC, 9/3/01)(SSFC, 12/29/02, p.A6)
1820 Norwich Univ. began as a
private military college in the Green Mountains of Vermont.
(Hem, 9/04, p.69)
c1820 The Manleys built a
2-story home in Dorset later known as the “Old Stone House.” In 1908
the property was purchased by Edwin Lefevre, best known as the
author of “Reminiscences of a Stock Operator.” In 2000 the house was
selling for $1.495 million.
(SFC, 9/1/00, p.W10)
1829 Oct 5, the 21st president
of the United States, Chester Alan Arthur, was born in Fairfield,
Vt. Some sources list 1830.
1848 Sep 13, Dr. John Martyn
Harlow treated Phinneas Gage in Vermont for a head injury from a
tamping iron that had pierced the man’s skull during a blasting
accident. Gage survived until 1860, but with definite personality
changes that Dr. Harlow tracked.
(ON, 10/02, p.9)(Econ, 12/23/06, Survey p.3)
1864 Oct 19, The northernmost
action of the American Civil War took place in the Vermont town of
St. Albans. Some 25 escaped Confederate POWs led by Kentuckian
Bennett Young (21) raided the town near the Canadian border with the
intent of robbing three banks and burning the town. While they
managed to leave town and hide out in Canada with more than
$200,000, their attempts to burn down the town failed. Most of the
raiders were captured and imprisoned in Canada and later released
after a court ruled the robberies in St. Albans were acts of war.
(HNQ, 12/9/98)(ON, 11/99, p.11)(MC, 10/19/01)
1865 Feb 9, Wilson Bentley
(d.1931) was born on a farm near Jericho, Vermont. His interest in
snow flakes led him to make the 1st photographs of snow crystals on
Jan 15, 1885.
(ON, 11/04, p.4)
1872 Jul 4, John Calvin
Coolidge (d.1933) 30th President of the United States (1923-29), was
born in Plymouth, Vermont. Calvin Coolidge, also known as ‘Silent
Cal,’ was a Republican; Vice President from 1921-23 and succeeded to
the Presidency on the death of Warren Harding in 1923; elected
President in 1924 and served a full term. He was especially known
for his economy of language. A lady dinner companion during his
presidency told him she had a bet she could get him to say more than
two words; he replied: "You lose." "Little progress can be made by
merely attempting to repress what is evil. Our great hope lies in
developing what is good."
(AP, 7/4/97)(HN, 7/4/98)(IB, Internet,
1885 Jan 15, Wilson Bentley
(1865-1931) of Jericho, Vermont, made the world’s 1st clear
photographs of snow crystals.
(ON, 11/04, p.4)
1894 Jun 17, 1st US
poliomyelitis epidemic broke out in Rutland, Vermont.
1900 Forestry student Benton
MacKaye dreamed up the idea of an Appalacian Trail during a hike in
Green Mountains of Vermont.
(Econ, 8/6/16, p.69)
1901 Jul 28, Rudy Vallee,
singer (Vagabond Dreams, My Time Is Your Time), was born in Vermont.
1903 Jul 26, Dr. Horatio Nelson
Jackson of Vermont and his mechanic Sewell Croker arrived in NYC
completing the first cross-country automobile trip in 63 days after
leaving SF. On July 26, 2003 Peter Kesling and Charlie Wake
completed a rerun of the original trip.
(WSJ, 7/19/02, p.W9)(WSJ, 5/7/03, p.B1)(SSFC,
7/27/03, p.A2)(ON, 9/04, p.12)
1909 Oct 26, General Oliver
Otis Howard (b.1830), former Union Civil War commander, co-founder
of Howard Univ., and Indian Commissioner, died in Burlington,
Vermont. His books included “My Life and Experiences among Our
Hostile Indians” (1907).
1910-1930 The 265-mile Long Trail hiking trail was
(SFC, 4/27/00, p.A5)
1911 Jul 4, 105°F (41°C) at
Vernon, Vermont (state record).
1923 Aug 3, Calvin Coolidge was
sworn in as the 30th president of the United States, following the
death of Warren G. Harding. It took several hours for the news of
President Warren G. Harding's death in California to reach the small
town of Plymouth, Vermont, where he was enjoying a short vacation,
but by 2 a.m., Coolidge was told that Harding was dead.
Traditionally, the president is sworn in by the chief justice of the
Supreme Court--but he slept 500 miles away. At 2:30 a.m. on August
3, 1923, Coolidge's father, a notary public, administered the oath
of office to his son by the light of a kerosene lamp.
(AP, 8/3/97)(HNPD, 8/3/98)
1927 Nov 2, Vermont began
experiencing 3 days of severe flooding. Floods took out 1285
bridges, miles and miles of roads and railroads, and countless homes
and buildings. 84 people died in the flood, including Lt. Governor
S. Hollister Jackson.
1931 Dec 23, Wilson Bentley
(1865-1931), photographer of snow flakes, died at his farm in
Jericho, Vermont. He had just published a book of 2,453 of his
finest snow crystal photos.
(ON, 11/04, p.6)
1934 Jan 28, The 1st US rope
ski tow began operation at Woodstock, Vermont.
1938 Charles Minot Dole
(1899-1976), founder of the Mt. Mansfield Ski Patrol, and Charles
Langley, president of the United States National Ski Association,
organized the US National Ski Patrol System in Stowe, Vermont. In
1941 they helped form the 87th Mountain Infantry Regiment, made up
in large part by members of the National Ski Patrol.
1940 Oct 22, Guy Bailey
(b.1876), Vermont politician and educator, died. He was elected
secretary of state in 1908 and was reelected four times until
resigning in August 1917. In August 1919, Bailey was appointed
acting president of the University of Vermont. In June 1920 he
became president, and held this position until his death. In 2018
his name was removed from the school library in Burlington because
of his support in research for the eugenics movement of the 1920s
and 1930s that helped lead to sterilizations.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_W._Bailey)(SFC, 10/29/18, p.A5)
1943 May 29, Norman Rockwell’s
portrait of “Rosie the Riveter” appeared on the cover of “The
Saturday Evening Post.” Rockwell’s model was Mary Keefe (19) of
Arlington, Vermont. In 2002 the painting sold at auction for
(AP, 5/29/97)(AH, 10/02, p.10)
1946 Nov 24, Ted Bundy
(d.1989), serial murderer, was born Burlington, Vt.
1946 Marlboro College was
founded by Walter Hendricks on Potash Hill in Marlboro, Vermont.
1948 Nov 17, Howard Dean,
governor of Vermont (1991-2002), was born.
(SFC, 6/24/03, p.A4)
1954 Vermont elected Consuelo
Bailey as lieutenant governor.
(SFC, 4/27/00, p.A5)
1958 Robert Stafford
(1913-2006) was elected governor of Vermont he served 2 years and
then won his 1st term in the US Congress. In 1971 he was appointed
to the US Senate.
(SSFC, 12/24/06, p.D7)
1958 The Elizabeth copper
mine in Vermont closed for good. It had produced more than 100
million pounds of copper, about 90% of that from World War II
onward. The closure left behind 7,800 feet of tunnels; abandoned
buildings; equipment; huge piles of rock, known as tailings; and
other mining debris. In 2001 the Elizabeth Mine was added to the
Superfund list. In 2003 work began to cleanup the site. In 2019 work
began winding down, and the Environmental Protection Agency was
getting ready to turn the site over to the state for long-term
1962 Phil Hoff became the
state’s first Democratic governor in over 100 years.
(SFEC, 4/2/00, p.A6)
1963 Dean Mathey, a prominent
investment banker, established the Windham Foundation. Its mandate
included the restoration of Grafton Village in Windham County.
(HT, 5/97, p.10)
1963-1969 Denys Rackley (d.1998 at 76), Carthusian
monk, helped build the only American monastery of the Carthusian
order, the Charterhouse of the Transfiguration in Arlington, Vt. He
trained at the Carthusian order’s mother house in La Grand
Chartreuse, France, where the order is supported by the sale of its
(SFC, 2/24/98, p.A22)
1965 Aug 8, Shirley Jackson,
writer and author of horror fiction, died in Vermont. Her work
included "The Haunting of Hill House" (1959) and "The Lottery"
(1948). In 1997 a collection of short fiction was published titled
"Just an Ordinary Day." In 2016 Ruth Franklin authored “Shirley
Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life.”
(SFEM, 1/12/97, BR p.3)(Econ, 9/24/16,
1969 Fish and wildlife
officials in New York and Vermont banned fish shooting. In 1970 the
Vermont Legislature re-instated the sport.
(SFC, 5/11/04, p.A2)
1970 Apr 16, A fire at
Johnson’s Pasture Commune left 4 people dead.
(SFC, 8/10/98, p.A10)
1972 Vermont’s Yankee Nuclear
Power Station opened.
(SFC, 8/28/13, p.A8)
1973 Mar 6, Pearl Sydenstricker
Buck (b.1892), author, died in Vermont. Her books included “The Good
Earth” (1931), for which she won the 1938 Nobel Prize in Literature.
In 2010 Hilary Spurling authored “Pearl Buck in China: Journey to
the Good Earth.”
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pearl_S._Buck)(Econ, 4/10/10, p.85)
1976 Vermont Gov. Tom Salmon
granted the Abenaki Indians recognition. The following year a new
governor rescinded recognition.
(SFC, 12/13/02, p.J7)
1977 Cora Partridge (d.1999 at
82) wrote "Vermont, the State with the Storybook Past." The Vermont
history book was revised in 1981.
(SFC, 3/2/99, p.A20)
1978 Howard Dean graduated from
Albert Einstein College of medicine and began practicing as a
physician of internal medicine.
(SFC, 11/24/03, p.A13)
1983-1986 Howard Dean served as a member of the
Vermont House of Representatives.
(SFC, 11/24/03, p.A13)
1986-1991 Howard Dean served as lieutenant
governor of Vermont.
(SFC, 11/24/03, p.A13)
1987 Mar 28, Maria Augusta von
Trapp (Trapp Family Singers), whose life inspired the Rodgers and
Hammerstein musical "The Sound of Music," died in Morrisville, Vt.,
at age 82.
(AP, 3/28/97)(MC, 3/28/02)
1987 Jun 19, Vermont’s Ben
& Jerry Ice Cream & Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia announce
new Ice Cream flavor, Cherry Garcia.
1989 Sep 15, Pulitzer
Prize-winning author Robert Penn Warren (b.1905), the first poet
laureate of the United States, died in Stratton, Vt., at age 84. He
authored 16 poetry collections and 10 novels that included the 1946
"All the King’s Men."
(WSJ, 2/27/97, p.A15)(AP, 9/14/99)
1991 May 8, Concert pianist
Rudolf Serkin died in Guilford, Vermont, at age 88.
1991-2002 Howard Dean served as governor of
(SFC, 11/24/03, p.A13)
1992 In Vermont Fran Henry
started the “Stop it Now” helpline service for child sex offenders.
A British version followed a decade later.
(Econ, 8/13/16, p.42)
1998 Jan 8-9, The US Northeast
and Canada were hit with a severe ice storm and at least 16 people
were reported killed. Millions of people were left without power in
upper New York, Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire.
(SFC, 1/9/98, p.A3)(SFC, 1/10/98, p.A8)
1998 Mar 19, In Vermont a bomb
exploded in a teenager’s bedroom. Christopher Marquis (17) was
killed and his mother was injured. A package bomb was suspected.
(SFC, 3/20/98, p.A3)
1998 Mar 20, An Indiana man,
Chris Dean (35), was arrested for sending the pipe bomb that killed
Christopher Marquis. Marquis had defrauded Dean in a $400 trade of
Citizens Band radio equipment arranged on the Internet.
(SFC, 3/21/98, p.A3)
1998 Jun, Kate Logan, a senior
at Long Trail High School, disrobed in the middle of her
commencement speech in a gesture to symbolize the freedom and
confidence she learned in school.
(WSJ, 6/19/98, p.W13)
1998 Jun 27, Heavy
thunderstorms in the Northeast and Midwest left at least 5 people
dead. The annual Ben & Jerry’s One World One Heart festival at
Sugarbush, Vermont, was cancelled.
(SFEC, 6/28/98, p.A8)
1999 Sep 1, Karen Maple (36)
was jailed at Chittenden Regional Correctional for refusing to show
up for hearings over the home schooling for her son (15), who was
declared truant from public school. Maple was released Sep 14 and
ordered to take her son to a Vermont agency for evaluation of his
(WSJ, 9/10/99, p.A18)(SFC, 9/15/99, p.A6)
1999 Dec 20, A Vermont court
ruled that gay and lesbian couples must be granted the same rights
as people in heterosexual marriages.
(SFC, 12/21/99, p.A1)
2000 Mar 16, The state House of
Representatives voted 76-69 for a bill to give same-sex couples all
the rights and responsibilities granted to married heterosexuals.
(SFEC, 4/2/00, p.A6)
2000 Apr 12, It was reported
that the Vermont-based Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream maker would be
sold to Unilever Corp.
(SFC, 4/13/00, p.D1)
2000 Apr 25, In Vermont the
Legislature approved civil unions for homosexuals and Gov. Howard
Dean promised to sign the legislation effective July 1.
(SFC, 4/26/00, p.A1)
2000 Apr 26, Vermont Governor
Howard Dean signed the nation’s first bill allowing same-sex couples
to form civil unions.
2000 Jul 1, The marriage-like
law for civil unions for homosexuals became effective.
(SFEC, 7/2/00, p.A1)
2001 Mar 21, In Vermont a flock
of 234 sheep were seized by federal agents over fears of infection
with a version of mad cow disease. The sheep had originated in
Belgium in 1996.
(SFC, 3/22/01, p.A3)
2001 Apr 9, A train derailed
over the Connecticut River and some 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel
(SFC, 4/10/01, p.A3)
2001 May 24, Senator James
Jeffords of Vermont (67) announced that he would quit the Republican
Party and declare himself an independent. The switch would become
official upon the completion of the tax-cut bill.
(SFC, 5/24/01, p.A1)(SFC, 5/25/01, p.A1)
2001 Jun 5, The US Senate went
under Democratic control as Vermont Sen. James Jeffords changed his
party affiliation from Republican to Independent.
(SFC, 6/6/01, p.A3)
2001 Nov 16, An anthrax laced
letter was found in quarantined congressional mail addressed to Sen.
Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont. It was found to contain billions of
spores, enough to kill 100,000 people.
(SFC, 11/17/01, p.A1)(WSJ, 11/21/01, p.A8)(SFC,
2001 Dec 6, Robert A. Woodward
(37) brandished a knife and was shot 7 times by police in the All
Souls Unitarian Universalist Church. He died shortly later in a
(SFC, 12/7/01, p.E5)
2002 May 31, Vermont Gov.
Howard Dean filed papers with the Federal Election Commission for
"Dean for America" presidential-campaign organization.
(WSJ, 6/23/03, p.A4)
2002 Jun 13, Gov. Howard Dean
signed a bill making Vermont the 1st state to require drug companies
to disclose payments of over $25 to medical-care providers.
(WSJ, 6/14/02, p.A1)
2002 David Mamet authored
“South of the Northeast Kingdom,” a memoir and essay about Vermont.
(SSFC, 10/12/02, p.C10)
2003 Jan 9, Vermont Gov. Howard
Dean ended 12 years as state governor.
(WSJ, 6/23/03, p.A4)
2003 Jun 23, Former Vermont
Gov. Howard Dean announced that he's running for president.
(WSJ, 6/23/03, p.A4)
2003 The population of Vermont
at this time was about 610,000.
(Econ, 6/28/03, p.32)
2004 Jan 22, Gov. Douglas
signaled his interest in the state buying a share of power dams on
the Connecticut and Deerfield Rivers.
(USAT, 1/20/04, p.12A)
2004 Jan, Vermont began
arraigning some jailed prisoners by video.
(USAT, 1/20/04, p.12A)
2004 Mar 2, Residents of
Killington, Vermont, voted to join New Hampshire due to a dispute
over property taxes.
(ST, 3/2/04, p.A5)(AP, 3/2/04)
2004 Nov 2, Jim Douglas (R) was
elected governor of Vermont.
(SFC, 11/4/04, p.A18)
2004 Nov 21, Noel Perrin
(b.1927), Dartmouth professor and Vermont farmer, died. In 2006
Terry S. Osborne published “Best Person Rural,” a collection of
Perrin’s best essays.
2004 Frank Bryan (62),
political scientist at the Univ. of Vermont, authored “Real
Democracy: The New England Town Meeting and How It Works.”
2005 Feb 12, Howard Dean
(b.1948), former Vermont governor and presidential candidate, was
elected chairman of the Democratic Party.
(SSFC, 2/13/05, p.A3)
2005 Aug 13, James Petersen
(51), a Univ. of Vermont anthropology professor on a research trip
to Brazil, was killed while he was being robbed in Iranduba near the
Amazon River. Three suspects were taken into custody.
2006 Apr 8, Democratic Party
leaders in Vermont passed a motion asking Congress to immediately
begin impeachment proceedings against President Bush.
2006 May 9, Vermont Gov. Jim
Douglas signed a health reform package to provide health insurance
to as many as 25,000 uninsured residents.
(SFC, 5/10/06, p.A3)
2006 Jun 26, The US Supreme
Court ruled that Vermont's 1997 limits on contributions and spending
in political campaigns are too low and improperly hinder the ability
of candidates to raise money and speak to voters.
2006 Aug 24, In Essex, Vermont,
Christopher Williams (26) shot and killed 2 people after breaking up
with his girlfriend, and then shot himself in the head. Williams
killed Andrea Lambesis (57), the mother of his girlfriend at her
home. He then went to Essex Elementary School where he killed
teacher Mary Shanks (56) and wounded 2 others.
(SFC, 8/25/06, p.A5)(AP, 8/25/06)
2006 Oct 7, Michelle
Gardner-Quinn (21), a Univ. of Vermont senior from Arlington, Va.,
was reported missing. After chasing leads for nearly a week,
police investigating her disappearance got a break when a group of
hikers spotted a body in a rocky ravine. A suspect, Brian Rooney
(36), was arrested Oct 13 on unrelated charges of sex abuse in two
other Vermont counties. In 2008 Rooney was convicted of murder.
(AP, 10/14/06)(AP, 5/22/08)
2006 Nov 7, Bernard Sanders
from Vermont was elected to the U.S. Senate over GOP opponent
Richard Tarrant and became the first socialist in the U.S. Senate.
He had been a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from
Vermont for 16 years (1991-2007). For purposes of committee
assignments he is counted as a Democrat.
2006 Dec 23, Robert Stafford
(1913), former governor of Vermont (1958-1960) and US Senator
(1971-1989), died. In 1988 the US Congress renamed the Federal
Guaranteed Student Loan Program as the Robert T. Stafford Student
(SSFC, 12/24/06, p.D7)
2007 Apr 20, Vermont senators
voted to call for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice
President Dick Cheney, saying their actions have raised "serious
questions of constitutionality."
2008 Jan 30, It was reported
that bats were dying off by the thousands as they hibernated in
caves and mines around New York and Vermont, sending researchers
scrambling to find the cause of mysterious condition dubbed "white
nose syndrome." Up to 11,000 bats were found dead last winter and
many more were showing signs of illness this winter.
2008 Mar 4, In Vermont voters
in Brattleboro and Marlboro passed a nonbinding, symbolic measure
that instructs town police to arrest President George W. Bush and
Vice President Dick Cheney for "crimes against our Constitution" and
"extradite them to other authorities that may reasonably contend to
2008 Mar 4, John McCain
clinched the Republican nomination. Hillary Clinton won primaries in
Texas, Ohio and Rhode Island, halting Barack Obama's winning streak.
Obama won in Vermont. Obama came away with a large share of
delegates, too, in counting that continued.
2008 Jun 18, Tasha Tudor
(b.1915), American children’s book illustrator, died in Vermont.
2008 Jun 25, Brooke Bennett of
Braintree, Vermont, disappeared and was found dead on July 2.
Federal prosecutors later charged Michael Jacques (42) with
drugging, sexually assaulting and killing his 12-year-old niece.
Prosecutors also said that he coerced another girl into aiding his
plot by claiming to be part of a child-sex club that sometimes
selected girls for "termination."
2008 Jul 2, In Vermont the body
of a missing girl (12), whose uncle (Michael Jacques) allegedly
planned to force her into a sex ring the day she disappeared, was
found in Randolph, not far from his house.
2009 Apr 7, Vermont became the
first state to legalize same sex marriage through a legislature’s
(SFC, 4/8/09, p.A5)
2009 May 23, It was reported
that millions of bats in at least 7 US states (Connecticut, New
York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia and West
Virginia) have died from white-nose syndrome, a fungal diseases. In
2011 the fungus Geomyces destructans was identified as the cause.
The fungus responsible was later identified as Pseudogymnoascus
(Econ, 5/23/09, p.36)(SFC, 10/28/11, p.A18)(SSFC,
2010 May 30, Peter Orlovsky
(76), poet and partner of Allen Ginsberg, died in Vermont.
(SFC, 6/3/10, p.C5)
2010 Jun, In Vermont Brian
Boland (61) orchestrated the construction of “Vermontasaurus,” a
25-foot-tall, 122-foot-long wooden dinosaur on the edge of his
property. Local and state officials soon called for permits totaling
some $422 plus safety tests.
(SFC, 7/12/10, p.A6)
2011 May 5, Vermont’s
legislature passed a bill outlining steps for a single-payer health
system. Gov. Peter Shumlin was expected to soon sign the bill.
(Econ, 5/14/11, p.40)
2011 May 10, Vermont officials
said swamped farm fields and gorged rivers could worsen pollution
worries for the flooded Lake Champlain because of the high amount of
phosphorus that has washed into it.
2011 Aug 29, The storm that had
been Hurricane Irene crossed into Canada overnight but wasn't yet
through with the US, where flood waters threatened Vermont towns and
big city commuters had to make do with slowly reawakening transit
2011 Aug 30, Flooding isolated
entire towns in Vermont and New York, some communities warily
watched swollen rivers and more than a million people from Virginia
to Maine lacked electricity, three days after Hurricane Irene
churned up the Eastern Seaboard. The storm was blamed for at least
40 deaths in 11 states.
2011 Aug 31, Vermont emergency
airlift operations brought ready-to-eat meals and water to residents
left isolated from Hurricane Irene. The storm was blamed for at
least 45 deaths in the continental US, one in Puerto Rico and 7 more
in the Dominican Rep. and Haiti.
(AP, 8/31/11)(SFC, 9/1/11, p.A10)
2012 Jan 19, A US federal judge
blocked Vermont from forcing the Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor to
shut down when its license expires in March and said the state
cannot force the plant’s owner to sell electricity to in-state
utilities at reduced rates as a condition of operation.
(SFC, 1/20/12, p.A6)
2012 Mar 6, Ten US states voted
in the Super Tuesday Republican primaries. Republican presidential
frontrunner Mitt Romney edged out conservative rival Rick Santorum
in the vital battleground of Ohio and won five of the night's other
contests. Romney also notched victories in Alaska, Idaho, Vermont,
Virginia and his home-state of Massachusetts, while Santorum won
North Dakota, Oklahoma and Tennessee, and Newt Gingrich carried his
home state of Georgia.
(SFC, 3/7/12, p.A6)(Econ, 3/10/12, p.18)
2012 Mar 26, Vermont police
in Barnet found the body of Melissa Jenkins (33), a boarding
school teacher. She had disappeared a day earlier leaving her SUV
running and 2-year-old child unharmed inside. On March 28 Vermont
snowplow driver Allen Prue was accused with his wife Patricia of
luring the teacher from her home by pretending their vehicle had
broken down, strangling her, stripping her and throwing her body
into the Connecticut River.
(SFC, 3/27/12, p.A5)(SFC, 3/29/12, p.A7)
2013 Jan 1, Ten states kicked
off the new year with a minimum wage rise of between 10 and 35
cents. The rises went into effect in Arizona, Colorado, Florida,
Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and
2013 Jun 6, Vermont Gov. Peter
Shumlin signed a measure making Vermont the 17th US state to
eliminate criminal penalties for the possession of small amounts of
(SFC, 6/8/13, p.A4)
2013 Aug 27, Entergy Corp. said
it will shut down the Yankee Nuclear Power Station, Vermont’s only
nuclear power plant, in the 4th quarter of 2014.
(SFC, 8/28/13, p.A8)
2014 Apr 23, The Vermont House
approved the country’s first state bill to require the labeling of
genetically modified food, effective July 1, 2016. Gov. Peter
Shumlin said he plans to sign it.
(SFC, 4/25/14, p.A6)
2014 Aug 18, James Jeffords
(80), former US Senator from Vermont, died in DC. In 2001 he
declared that he would leave the Republicans and caucus with
Democrats. This cost Republicans their control of the Senate.
(SFC, 8/19/14, p.A6)
2014 Dec 13, In Vermont over
10,000 utility customers were still without power three days after a
strom pounded the state with heavy snow.
(SSFC, 12/14/14, p.A8)
2015 Jan 8, Vermont lawmakers
voted 110-69 to elect Gov. Peter Shumlin to a 3rd two-year term
after he failed to win the popular vote last November.
(SFC, 1/9/15, p.A6)
2015 Aug 7, In Vermont Jody
Herring (40), upset about losing custody of her daughter, used a
hunting rifle to fatally shoot child-welfare agency worker Lara
Sobel, who had handled her case. Herring was detained by people in
and around the building after the shooting in Barre City. Herring
was soon also charged with the murder 3 women whose bodies were
found earlier in the day.
(AP, 8/8/15)(SSFC, 8/9/15, p.A7)
2016 May 28, In Vermont Amos
Beede was fatally beaten at a homeless encampment in Burlingame
after he poured bodily fluids onto the tent of one of his
assailants. On June 2 four suspects were arrested in San Diego on
2nd degree murder charges following a nationwide manhunt.
(SFC, 6/4/16, p.A5)
2016 Dec 30, Vermont’s
Burlington Electric Department confirmed it had found on one of its
laptops the malware code used in Grizzly Steppe, the name Homeland
Security has applied to a Russian campaign linked to recent hacks.
2017 Nov, In Vermont Betty
Miller (70) was arrested after telling investigators that she made
ricin at her home in the Wake Robin community in Shelburne because
she wanted to injure herself. She had reportedly sprinkled it in
other residents’ food and beverages, apparently to see how it would
work. In May, 2018, Miller pleaded guilty to possessing ricin. In
September, 2018, Miller was ordered to pay a fine of $10,000 and was
sentenced to time served and five years of probation.
(http://tinyurl.com/y97539oz)(SFC, 9/7/18, p.A4)
2018 Jan 10, Vermont’s state
Senate gave final approval to a bill that would allow the
recreational use of marijuana, putting he state on course to become
the first US state to legalize pot by an act of the legislature
rather than through a citizen referendum.
(SFC, 1/11/18, p.A7)
2018 Jan 22, Vermont’s Rep.
Gov. Phil Scott signed that state’s recreational marijuana bill into
law. The law, effective July 1, allows adults to possess up to one
ounce of marijuana, two mature and four immature plants.
(SFC, 1/23/18, p.A6)
2019 Sep 1, In Vermont the
minimum age went from 18 to 21 to buy tobacco products and
2019 Sep 20, It was reported
that the Vermont Air National Guard is due to take delivery of the
first two of 20 F-35 fighter aircrafts. The $94 million planes will
be based in Burlington.
(SFC, 9/20/19, p.A6)
2019 Nov 1, A clash of storm
fronts that began on Halloween created havoc that caused flooding,
knocked over trees, downed power lines and damaged homes from the
Deep South throughout the Northeast. More than 100,000 homes and
businesses were without electricity in the Philadelphia suburbs.
More than 200,000 customers were without power in New York state. In
Maine, more than 120,000 customers were without power. In Vermont
more than 20,000 customers were without power and in New Hampshire
it was about 16,000.
Subject = Vermont
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