Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Happy Birthday, Connecticut!

Today is the anniversary of Connecticut approving the Constitution on its way to becoming one of the Original Thirteen States. 
Date of Admittance: January 9, 1788
Parentage: The name is from the Algonquin word quinn-nitukq-ut" which means "long tidal river" and was the name of the Connecticut River before it became the name of the Colony.   
Place in the Family
Number 5
Connecticut followed Georgia by one week (1-2-1788)
and was one month before Massachusetts (2-6-1788)
"He who transplanted sustains"
That definitely sounds Revolutionary. 
My guess is Connecticut hasn't done any transplanting in a loooong time.

The Constitution State
Not sure why Connecticut gets to call itself that....probably it is a reference to the Fundamental Orders from 1638-39, which was the first power of government the colony ever had.

On the License Plate
"The Constitution State" and the outline of the state itself

State Flag
A blue flag with the state symbol in the center.
Nothing inherently wrong with this flag, but....
nothing to write home about, either.

First City You Probably Think of
When You Think "Connecticut"
Newtown :-(
Actual State Capital: Hartford

State Size (Area) is 48th of 50
Population is closer to 29th of 50
(per 2000 Census figures)

Connecticut Sports:

Anybody From Connecticut
Ever Grow Up To Be President?
President George W. Bush was born in Connecticut,
but grew up in Texas and now claims that state as his home.

Good vs Evil 
American Revolution edition
Nathan Hale
"I regret that I have but one life
to give for my country!"

Benedict Arnold
the first name in traitors

Connecticut Film Celebrities
Katherine Hepburn
Academy Award-winning actress

Adriana Caselotti
the voice of Snow White

Rosalind Russell
actress, "His Girl Friday"

Ed Begley
Academy Award-winning actor

Ernest Borgnine 
Academy Award-winning actor

Robert Mitchum
actor, "Cape Fear"

Glenn Close
acterss, "The World According to Garp"

Brian Dennehy
actor, "Silverado" "Cocoon"

Christopher Lloyd
actor, "Back To The Future"

Meg Ryan
actress, "Sleepless in Seattle"

John Ratzenberger
all of the PIXAR movies

Justin Long
actor, "I'm A Mac" 

Connecticut Musicians
Gene Pitney
"It Hurts To Be In Love"

The Carpenters
"Close To You," "On Top Of The World"

John Mayer
"Waiting On The World To Change"

Connecticut Historical Figures
Ethan Allen
father of Vermont

P. T. Barnum

J.P. Morgan

Ralph Nader
Consumer Advocate

Connecticut TV Celebrities
Bob Crane
actor, "Hogan's Heroes"

Linda Evans
actress, "The Big Valley," "Dynasty"

Ted Knight
actor, "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"

Norman Lear
producer, "All In The Family," "The Jeffersons"

Gary Burghoff
actor, "MASH"

Hope Lange 
actress, "The Ghost & Mrs. Muir"

Seth MacFarlane
producer, "The Family Guy"

Connecticut Literary Figures
Noah Webster

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Al Capp 
"Lil Abner" comic-strip

Annie Leibovitz

Klaus Janson
comic book illustrator

Stephenie Meyer

A Song For You.... 
"Yankee Doodle Dandy" 
Believe it or not, 
this is the State Song of Connecticut!
Since we all know that song, 
here is James Cagney 
and Mickey Rooney & Judy Garland
doing  "Yankee Doodle Boy" by
George M. Cohan, which

features the patriotic song
in its lyrics


  1. i could not for my life figure out what movies i'd seen ed begley in...thanks for wikipedia. who can forget brady from inherit the wind? or one of the jurors from 12 angry men? nice to know i'm growing older and more forgetful!! ~clint

  2. I'm pretty sure the motto refers to God as the Transplanter and Sustainer.

    1. Maybe, but the two pages I read about it said it had something to do with creating various independent colonies into the one.