P.T. Barnum, Showman
Samuel Colt, Inventor
Charles Goodyear, Inventor
Annie Leibovitz, Photographer
Ethan Allen, American Revolutionary Soldier
Katharine Hepburn, Actress
- The first telephone book ever issued contained only fifty names. The New Haven District Telephone Company published it in New Haven in February 1878.
- The USS Nautilus - the world's first nuclear powered submarine was built in Groton in 1954.
- Connecticut and Rhode Island never ratified the 18th Amendment (Prohibition).
- In 1705, copper was discovered in Simsbury. Later, the copper mine became the infamous New-Gate Prison of the Revolutionary War. Doctor Samuel Higley of Simsbury started the first copper coinage in America in 1737.
- The Scoville Memorial Library is the United States oldest public library. The library collection began in 1771, when Richard Smith, owner of a local blast furnace, used community contributions to buy 200 books in London. Patrons could borrow and return books on the third Monday of every third month. Fees were collected for damages, the most common being "greasing" by wax dripped from the candles by which the patrons read.
Famous New Mexicans
John Denver, Singer
Neil Patrick Harris, Doogie
Ralph Kiner, Baseball Player
John Madden, Football Sportscaster
Demi Moore, Actress
- Santa Fe is the highest capital city in the United States at 7,000 feet above sea level.
- The province that was once Spanish New Mexico included all of present day New Mexico, most of Colorado and Arizona, and slices of Utah, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Wyoming. The Original American Territory of New Mexico that congress created in 1850 included all of New Mexico and Arizona plus parts of Colorado, Nevada, and Utah. The boundaries of present day New Mexico were drawn by congress in 1863 but New Mexico didn't become a state until 1912.
- Each October Albuquerque hosts the world's largest international hot air balloon fiesta.
- Las Cruces makes the world's largest enchilada the first weekend in October at the "Whole Enchilada Fiesta".
- Lakes and Rivers make up only .002% of the state's total surface area. The lowest water-to-land ratio of all 50 states. Most of New Mexico's lakes are man-made reservoirs. A dam on the Rio Grande formed the Elephant Butte Reservoir, the state's largest lake.
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