What historic events happened in February?


February 1, 1895

The red clover was selected as Vermont's official state flower. Oddly, this flower is not native to Vermont but was introduced from Europe.

Vermont State Flower

February 2, 1891

Electricity lights the streets of Newport for the first time. "A village without electric lights ain't much of a village," wrote the Newport newspaper.

And Then There Was Light- Electric Light (PDF)

February 4, 1870

Lucy Stone, Julia Ward Howe, and many other famous American heroines spoke at the Women's Suffrage Convention held in Montpelier.

Clarina Howard Nichols, Crusader for Women's Rights (PDF)

February 4, 1887

Vermont's most famous train wreck occurred at White River Junction when the Montreal Express was derailed on the huge bridge that crossed the river. Many people were killed in the fall. More lost their lives as the wooden passenger cars and railroad bridge caught fire and burned.

A Train Wreck, A Song, and a Memory (PDF)

February 7, 1865

Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley was born in Jericho, Vermont. He was the first person to photograph snowflakes and discovered that no two were alike.

Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley, Famous Vermonter

February 12, 1781

Judah Spooner and Tim Green began publishing Vermont's first newspaper, the Vermont Gazette, in Westminster.

All the News That is Fit to Print (PDF)

February 14, 1978

The Vermont state lottery was held for the first time.

Playing the Odds (PDF)

February 18, 1791

The U.S. Congress votes unanimously in favor of admitting Vermont to the United States. The date for admission is set for March 4.

Vermont Statehood Document Transcription (PDF)

February 20, 1779

Vermont adopts the first state seal. Ira Allen, Ethan's brother, designed it and Reuben Dean, a printer, carved it.

Vermont State Seal