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  • Oliver Fisher Winchester (1810 - 1880)
    He manufactured and marketed the Winchester repeating rifle, which was a much re-designed descendant of the Volcanic rifle of some years earlier. Winchester was a clothing manufacturer in New York, New...
  • Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)
    Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by the pen name Mark Twain, wrote grand tales about Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, and the mighty Mississippi River. He became nothing less than a national treasur...
  • Katharine Hepburn (1907 - 2003)
    Four time Academy Award winning actress Katharine Hepburn maintained a successful acting career for over 70 years. Her notable performances in The African Queen and On Golden Pond, as well as countless...
  • John Hancock, Signer of the "Declaration of Independence" (1737 - 1793)
    John Hancock (January 23, 1737 [O.S. January 12, 1736] – October 8, 1793) was the son of Rev. John Hancock of Braintree and Mary (Hawke) Thaxter of Hingham. He was an American merchant, statesman, an...
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811 - 1896)
    Author of Uncle Tom's Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe Introduction Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) is best known today as the author of Uncle Tom's Cabin , which helped galvanize the abolitionist c...

This Geni project is meant as an unofficial companion piece to the excellent website Today in Connecticut History, which is a project of the Office of the State Historian of Connecticut and CT Humanities.

Each day, the Today in Connecticut History website features a person and/or event important in state history. This Geni project compiles relevant genealogical profiles related to those dates.




  • March 20: In 1914, Theresa Weld won the first-ever U.S. Figure Skating Championships, in New Haven
  • March 21: In 2009, the Connecticut Working Families Party led a creative protest against Wilton-based financial giant AIG
  • March 22: In 1816, renowned landscape painter John Frederick Kensett was born in Cheshire
  • March 23: In 1950, Joseph "Mad Dog" Taborsky committed his first murder, in West Hartford
  • March 24: In 1754, the poet, public intellectual, and diplomat Joel Barlow was born in Redding
  • March 25: In 1783, in Woodbury, Samuel Seabury became the first Episcopal bishop of the U.S.
  • March 26: In 2014, thanks to Gov. Dan Malloy, Connecticut became the first state with a $10 minimum wage
  • March 27: In 1877, the Staffordville Dam burst, causing destruction throughout the Willimantic River Valley
  • March 28: In 1951, the research vessel Shang Wheeler, named for Milford oysterman Charles "Shang" Wheeler, set sail
  • March 29: In 1882, the Knights of Columbus was founded by Father Michael J. McGivney in New Haven
  • March 30: In 1919, Stratford's great helicopter inventor Igor Sikorsky arrived in the U.S.
  • March 31: In 1933, at the urging of Gov. Wilbur L. Cross, Connecticut became the first state to conduct an aerial photography survey





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