Even though Connecticut is still technically the fifth state of the U.S., we have celebrated a lot of firsts since 1788.


1705: Copper was discovered in Simsbury and created the first copper coinage in America in 1737

1728: First steel mill operating in America

1771: U.S.’s oldest public library began

1807: West Hartford is the birthplace of Noah Webster, the author of the first dictionary published

1809: Mary Kies of South Killingly was the first woman to receive a U.S. patent for a method of weaving straw with silk

1810: First publicly supported free town library in the U.S.

1832: First expert in the treatment of Asiatic cholera was a professor at Yale Medical School, Dr. Henry Bronson

1834: First friction matches made by Thomas Sanford in Beacon Falls

1836: First manufacturing of the safety fuse in Simsbury

1878: First telephone book ever issued. It contained only fifty names

1878: 21 venturous citizens of New Haven became the world’s first subscribers to telephone exchange service

1895: First hamburger

1901: First automobile law passed. The speed limit was set at 12 miles an hour

1908: First lollipop-making machine opened for business in New Haven.

1934: First Polaroid camera

1937: First state to issue permanent license plates for cars

1939: First helicopter

1948: First color television



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