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.
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.

February 4, 1870

Lucy Stone, Julia Ward Howe, and many other famous American heroines spoke at the Women's Suffrage Convention held in Montpelier.
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.
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.
February 12, 1781

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

February 14, 1978
The Vermont state lottery was held for the first time.
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.
February 20, 1779

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

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