Date of Entry:
January 9, 1788
|Map of USA. Connecticut outlined in dark ink, shaded,|
and with an arrow pointing to it.
|A close-up of Connecticut and its neighbors.|
Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York
Long Island Sound, Atlantic Ocean
5,543 square miles
Five Largest Cities:
Bridgeport, New Haven, Hartford, Stamford, Waterbury
Famous Geographical Point:
The Constitution State. So named because it's believed that the U.S. Constitution was drafted based on ideas from Connecticut's first constitution. (Personally, I prefer its alternate nickname, The Nutmeg State.)
Harriet Beecher Stowe, author and abolitionist
Book Set In/About:
Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
Explores a married couple's lives of quiet suburban desperation in the 1950s. Somehow, my husband and I went to see the movie version a number of years ago and it was, quite literally, one of the most depressing films I've ever seen.
Movie Set In/About:
"Holiday Inn" (1942), directed by Mark Sandrich
A palette cleanser for the book above. After retiring from Broadway to rural Connecticut, a talented performer (Bing Crosby natch) decides that farm life doesn't suit him and plans to turn said farm into an entertainment venue that's only open on holidays. It's a sweet film if you ignore the one performance that's done in black face.
Headline of the Day:
"Connecticut Rock Pile Known as Negro Heads May Get a New Name" in the New York Times.