Modern Vermont 1940 to Today

September 26, 1945
The World War II Victory ship S. S. Brandon, named for the Vermont town, arrives in Boston with a cargo of U.S. soldiers returning from the war in Europe.  Victory ships were built quickly during wartime to carry soldiers and supplies.
September 9, 1951
The change to dial telephones from those which were hand cranked began in Burlington, Vermont.
June 11, 1954
Vermont senator Ralph Flanders began his successful campaign to censure Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin.  McCarthy had been the leader of public hearings that set out to accuse Americans in government of having communist sympathies.  McCarthy accused people without enough evidence, violating their rights to a fair trial under the Constitution.
November 2, 1954
Consuelo Northrop Bailey was the first woman elected lieutenant governor of any state in the United States.  In 1953 she was the first woman elected speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives; at that time, there were fifty-two women in the Vermont legislature, more than any state had ever had.  During her career, Consuelo Northrop Bailey ran for office twenty-four times and won twenty-four times.
July 5, 1961
Robert Frost is named the first poet-laureate of Vermont.  He wrote "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," and lived in Ripton.
August 1, 1961
The state general assembly ended its longest session ever.  It began on January 4 and lasted almost 7 months.
April 4, 1970
On this date the Vermont legislature passed a piece of legislation designed to protect the state's scenic landscape.  Act 250, as the Land Use and Development Law was called, was the first legislation of its kind to be passed anywhere in the United States.
February 14, 1978
The Vermont state lottery was held for the first time.
November 6, 1984
Madeleine Kunin was elected the first woman governor in the history of the state of Vermont.  She was reelected two years later by a slim margin when she ran against Peter Smith and Bernie Sanders.
April 29, 1986
The Vermont Senate adopted a resolution encouraging "serious scientific inquiry into the existence of any unusual animal in Lake Champlain, especially … the one commonly known as 'Champ.'"

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